Animal Farm to be staged on an actual London inner city farm
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
COMMUNITY Links is presenting James Kenworth’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm on an actual London inner city farm – Newham City Farm – for just eight performances between Tuesday, August 19 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.
A simple, tragic fable that has become a world-famous classic, Animal Farm tells what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves.
In this brand new adaptation, When Chaplin Met Gandhi writer James Kenworth takes Orwell’s classic satire and gives it a fresh, contemporary twist, injecting its timeless tale of a revolution that went wrong with a gritty, urban, in-yer-face language perfectly suited to being staged on one of London’s longest established and largest inner city farms.
Like When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Animal Farm is a unique collaboration between professional theatre artists and schools/young people in Newham, involving a professional writer, director, designer and actors working alongside students from Gallions Primary School, Kingsford Community School and The Royal Docks Community School, as well as emerging artists from Theatre Royal Stratford East.
James Kenworth (adaptation) and James Martin Charlton (director) are reunited for the first time since their acclaimed production of Kenworth’s punk poet drama GOB, starring ex-Take That star Jason Orange and Tom Murphy at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington.
Animal Farm is designed by Ian Teague.
Opened in 1977, Newham City Farm is one of London’s longest established and largest city farms. It is home to an extensive range of farmyard favourites and rare breeds – it has everything from a huge Shire Horse to tiny birds as well as cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, fish, ferrets and even a harris hawk.
Tickets: £10, £7 concessions, £5 Newham residents – available online at www.animalfarm.ticketsource.co.uk/.
Dates and Times:
Tuesday, August 19 at 3pm.
Wednesday, August 20 at 3pm and 7pm.
Thursday, August 21 at 7pm.
Friday, August 22 at 7pm.
Saturday, August 23 at 3pm and 7pm.
Sunday, August 24 at 3pm.
Newham City Farm, Stansfeld Road, London, E6 5LT