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Animal Farm (Bond)

Full-Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  2f, 5m

Nelson Bond, George Orwell

George Orwell's biting satire, adapted by Nelson Bond

Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist's dream, converted by realists into a nightmare.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Summary

Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist's dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. In staged dramatic reading version of this timely allegory you will meet beasts whose prototypes have dominated news headlines for many fearful years. Opening on a note of joyous triumph for the creatures who have emancipated themselves from the cruel mastery of a human owner, the reading mounts inexorably to a climax of disillusionment in which the other animals discover themselves now subject to the rule of even more ruthless autocrats: the greedy, cunning pigs. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audiences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard.

History

Anmal Farm was first presented at The Showtimers Studio Theatre in Roanoake, Virginia on September 29, 1961.

Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors
Performing Groups
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

STOOL #1 - Narrator, Jones
STOOL #2 - Snowball, Benjamin
STOOL #3 - Squealer, Moses, Frederick
STOOL #4 - Clover, Cat
STOOL #5 - Boxer, Pilkington
STOOL #6 - Major, Napoleon
STOOL #7 - Mollie, Muriel

  • Time Period Not Applicable
  • Additional Features Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Duration 105 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

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Authors

Author

Nelson Bond

Author

George Orwell

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