Theatre: Bedford School boys bring George Orwell’s Animal Farm to life

The Quarry Theatre
Bedford School
24 – 26 November 2021 @ 7.30pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)

Anyone who has seen a major Bedford School production at The Quarry Theatre will have been delighted and no doubt awe-inspired by the talent and energy of each student cast.

They have delighted audiences over the past six years with a diverse range of productions from comedies such as Bouncers to Berkoff’s The Trial to flamboyant musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors.

It has been 18 months since their last school production in The Quarry Theatre, and we are delighted that on the 24 November boys return with Animal Farm, George Orwell’s enduring parable on the perils of totalitarianism.

The novel was first published in 1945 and follows the lives of a group of farm animals who overthrow their farmer, hoping for a better life. As the new regime takes hold, it becomes apparent that their lives are no better in Animal Farm than when it was called Manor Farm.

This production uses Ian Wooldridge’s dramatisation of Animal Farm and remains faithful to Orwell’s original, retaining both its affection for the animal characters and the incisiveness of its message. Woolridge’s adaptation of the novel retains many of the nuances and subtleties of the characters in the original text, along with some great stagecraft elements.

Antoinette Keylock, Head of Creative Arts at Bedford School and director of Animal Farm explained, “We have a full spectrum of age groups participating in the show and it has been a delight seeing the boys throw themselves into the animal physicality of their roles at each rehearsal.

“It has been a long time since a public performance has been possible and the boys have been looking forward to the opportunity to demonstrate their acting skills as individuals and as an ensemble.”

This powerful and thought-provoking production will be underscored by live music and sound effects also performed by Bedford School boys. Costume design is by Alexia Tonkin (costume assistant and designer at Royal Covent Garden).

Tickets are available on the Quarry Theatre website here.

In partnership with Bedford School

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