Animal Farm set for stage

Created especially for Renato Musolino, pictured, Brookman’s adaptation of the George Orwell classic will tour regional SA, including Port Augusta and Leigh Creek.

Created especially for Renato Musolino, pictured, Brookman’s adaptation of the George Orwell classic will tour regional SA, including Port Augusta and Leigh Creek.

Outgoing artistic director Geordie Brookman will farewell State Theatre Company with the George Orwell classic, Animal Farm, starring Renato Musolino. 

Created especially for Renato Musolino (The Gods Of Strangers, The Kreutzer Sonata), Brookman’s adaptation of the George Orwell classic will tour regional South Australia in February and March.

“We’re the State Theatre Company South Australia, not the Adelaide Theatre Company, and so we’re really keen to get to the regions to provide access to our theatre shows,” Brookman said. 

We’re really keen to get to the regions to provide access to our theatre shows ...

Directed by Brookman, the 70-minute play will see Musolino take on upwards of 20 characters, from the revolutionary pigs to the tyrannical Mr Jones.

“As the historian Timothy Snyder wrote ‘Post truth is pre fascism’ and terrifyingly we find ourselves very much in a post truth world. Orwell was such a precise analyst of the darker trends of human nature that it is no surprise that his work in general and this beautiful parable specifically retain such powerful relevance today,” said Brookman.

"When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master and take over the farm in Orwell’s classic, they think they are beginning a life of freedom, but it is quite the opposite when the cunning pigs Napoleon and Snowball take control. From here is born the famous quote: “All animals are equal – but some are more equal than others.”

First published in 1945, Animal Farm continues to be a much-loved literary masterpiece. Brookman is taking it to the stage for a present-day audience.

Inspired by TV series Black Mirror and connection to contemporary narcissism and online information overload, Brookman’s set is contemporary and abstract and will incorporate laser lighting and raw theatre effects to allow the words and images to drive the experience.

“To be making a piece of intimate, direct storytelling with one of my favourite local actors feels like the perfect way to bring my time with the Company to a close,” Brookman said.

Renato Musolino says it’s an honour to be working with Brookman in his last show for the Company.

“The challenge of bringing this master work to the stage is one that fills me with great responsibility and excitement...and a tiny bit of terror. But, with Geordie directing, I am in very safe hands,” he said.

 “I am honoured, and deeply grateful, for the opportunity to work with him so intimately on such an  important and personal show.”

DETAILS

PORT AUGUSTA

Institute Theatre. Thursday, March 7, 7pm and Friday, March 8, 11am (school show). Adult $27| Under 17 & Schools $10 |Groups 6+ $24 (Transaction Fees Apply: Counter/Phone $3.50 Online $2.50)

LEIGH CREEK

Leigh Creek Auditorium. Monday, March 18, 7pm. Adult $27 | Under 17 & Schools $10 |Groups 6+ $24 (Transaction Fees Apply: Counter/Phone $3.50 Online $2.50)