Animal Farm (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Animal Farm

Guy Masterson collaboration with Georgian theatre company brings new energy to Orwell classic

Olivier award-winning director Guy Masterson has collaborated with artistic director Keti Dolidze and Georgia-based Tumanishvili Film Actors’ Theatre for a sensational theatre adaptation of Orwell’s classic dystopian tale exploring the devolution of communal politics on Manor Farm.

Stunning animal characterisation defines the play, with the noises and body language of each species impressively accurate. The stage opens to a bedlam of bodies (there are 25 actors in the troupe) who remain an almost constant presence. Yet individual performances are not lost in the noisy chaos, ensuring the hierarchy of the farmyard is expressed both through sight and sound as the plot unfolds.

By performing in Georgian, Stalin’s native language, the cast honour the allegory of the animal fable in a unique and evocative way. Unfortunately, the performance was marred slightly by technical glitches surrounding the surtitles. However, this was not enough to overshadow the outstanding performance of the cast, who bring a new and arresting energy to this didactic story.

George Square Theatre, 651 2120, until 24 Aug (not 11, 18), 12 midday, £13-£15.

Animal Farm

  • 4 stars
  • Written by: George Orwell

Guy Masterson presents his acclaimed solo adaptation of George Orwell's political novel, in which a collection of oppressed animals take over the running of their farm.