a staged reading
By George Orwell
Adapted by Ian Woolridge
Directed by Parke Fech
George Orwell's satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived
as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one
immortal phrase: "Some are more equal than others." The animals on a farm drive
out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is
successful, except that someone must take the deposed farmer's place.
Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals.
Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. This dramatization
remains faithful to the book's plot and intent and retains both its affection for the
animals and the incisiveness of its message.
"Ian Wooldridge's adaptation makes the text as engagingly relevant as ever." – Evening Standard