Peter Hall's adaptation of the George Orwell novel to be staged on Elmwood Road
Rehearsing Animal Farm
What would George Orwell, who died of tuberculosis in 1950 aged forty-six, have made of Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine? Might he have thought: ’Here we go again, the same old destruction of ideals and democracy, only the names have changed’?
Orwell’s satire, ‘Animal Farm’, based on the failures of the Soviet Union, was published in 1945, five years before his death, at a time when Stalin was still in power, before the Soviet invasion of Hungary and break-up of the USSR, but the greed and lust for power of Napoleon, the pig, plus the betrayal of the workers exemplified by Boxer, a loyal and trusting horse who believes ‘Napoleon is always right’, could be characters in any number of other 20th and 21st century tyrannies.
At a time when the freedom of speech and the privacy of the ballot box are more important, and threatened, than ever, St. Michael’s Players present, ‘Animal Farm’, an adaptation by Peter Hall, the third title in a year of famous books following ‘War of the Worlds’ and successful run of ‘The Birds’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Cast for the Autumn Production
• Alex Jupp
• Jonny Wiles
• Chris Jones
• Elizabeth Ollier
• Jacob Hodgins
• Jim Simpson
• Chris Hulatt
• Alastair Dewar
• Imogen Measday
• Tessa Dunn
• Rachel Fay
• Amelia Barker
• Kay Porter
• Jo Harry
• Sue Darrieulat
• Sue Shorter
• Annie Hayes-Allan
Performances take place from 12-15 October, 7.45pm, at St. Michael’s Centre, Elmwood Road, London W4 3DY. Tickets £9 in advance from stmichaelsplayers.org or £13 on the door.
St. Michael's Players is one of the longest established drama groups in London. It has been staging plays in West London since 1949. In a good year it will present two full length performances in the Spring and the Autumn, a one-act play in the Summer and its famous panto at Christmas.
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October 2, 2022