Plays Directory : Animal Farm

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    George Orwell
  • Overview
    Adapted from George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, this play is a satire of the Soviet Union and Stalin's communist dictatorship.

    The piece is set on fictitious Manor Farm, where the farmer, Mr Jones, stumbles to bed drunk each night - the fruits of his Animals hard labour are squandered and they live in misery.

    Old Major, an aged pig, gathers the Animals into the barn and delivers a speech in which he foretells of his death and encourages the Animals to rebel and to overtake man - the cause of their suffering. He teaches them a song "Beasts of England", which becomes a rebel battle anthem.

    When Old Major dies, his ideals live on and two pigs, Napoleon and Snowball emerge as leaders, with another pig - Squealer as the party's speaker (he spreads propaganda and reasons with the less intelligent farm animals throughout the piece). The three coin a term "Animalism" and begin preaching its virtues to the rest of the animals - who chase Mr Jones off of the farm and overtake man to become their own leaders. The pigs set out seven Commandments of Animalism (eventually reduced to four legs good, two legs bad).

    Although the revolution begins well, Snowball and Napoleon fall out. During a heated debate over the plans to build a windmill, Napoleon calls upon the vicious dogs he has been secretly training to chase Snowball off of the farm.

    With Snowball gone the revolution turns increasingly sour, the windmill is destroyed in a storm, for which Napoleon irrationally blames Snowball. Napoleon bans any singing of "Beasts of England". In addition to this he drinks heavily and trades with the towns people whilst the animals in the farm are starving. Boxer, the farm's prime stallion is badly injured protecting the farm, and is eventually sent away to the knackers yard.

    Years pass and Animals die off; the pigs begin to walk on two legs. The Seven Commandments become "all animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others." As the other Animals watch the pigs eating with humans they realise that they cannot tell the pigs faces from the human ones.

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8 known characters

8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Joe Samuels
Joe Samuels
Lighting Technician
2019, Production Electrician
The Mission Theatre
Jenny Owen
Jenny Owen
Actor
2019, Squealer
Bradford Playhouse
Marcus Turner
2019, Moses/ Dog/ Mr Fredrick
G2
Sophie Smith
Sophie Smith
Scenic Artist
2019, Head of Scenic Art
Lucy Cook
Lucy Cook
Costume Assistant
2019, Costume Designer
The Mission Theatre, Bath
Tom Koch
Tom Koch
Actor
2019, Squealer
Ye old rose theatre
Diane Robinson
2019, Benjamin the donkey
Brighton Open Air Theatre and Brighton Little Theatre
Zoë Fawcett
Zoë Fawcett
Actor
2019, Benjamin
Juliette Green
Juliette Green
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Set Designer
The Mission Theatre, Bath
Robbie McDonnell
Robbie McDonnell
Set Designer
2019, Video Designner
The Mission Theatre
Laide Sonola
Laide Sonola
Actor
2018, Napoleon
Sala Umberto Theatre
Charles Adey
Charles Adey
Actor
2018, Benjamin
The Courtyard Theatre
Eleanor Cain
Eleanor Cain
Child Actor
2018, Boy (Narrator)
Declan Smith
Declan Smith
Actor
2018, Pig
Adam Boulton
Adam Boulton
Child Actor
2018, Old Major/Little Pig
Nantwich Players
Isabel Ringgenberg
2018, Catty
Courtyard Theatre London
Dominic Cannon
2018, Old Major
The Court Yard Theatre
Wilfie Goodliffe
Wilfie Goodliffe
Child Actor
2018, Dog
Questors Theatre
Lucy Aley-Parker
2018, Director
Questors Theatre Ealing
Owen Jacob
Owen Jacob
Child Actor
2018, Pincher and an evil dog
questors theatre