The critically-acclaimed live stage performance of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm is on its way to Mildura Arts Centre (MAC) this month as part of shake & stir’s annual season of mainstage and in-school productions.
shake & stir is one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand and has received extensive national acclaim for its performance of Animal Farm, collecting 15 theatre awards including PAC Australia’s National Tour of the Year, Best Production and Best Director at the Queensland Matilda Awards.
Based on Orwell’s intensely powerful novel, Animal Farm will bring the MAC stage alive with more than 40 animals portrayed by shake & stir’s talented performers, with each actor morphing physically and vocally in front of the audience as they bring the farmyard inhabitants to life.
Described as ‘one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2021’, MAC is proud to provide Sunraysia audiences with the opportunity to take in this performance on Friday 28 May.
Councillor for Arts, Culture and Heritage Mark Eckel said the performance promised to be one of the best theatre shows of the year at MAC.
“Once again our state-of-the-art MAC theatre is delivering for our region, enabling us to attract and host theatre performances of this calibre,” Cr Eckel said.
“Animal Farm adds to the already impressive billing of live performances and shows to feature at MAC this year, and it’s great to see our community provided with the opportunity to experience these shows after the restrictions of the past 12 months due to COVID-19.”
shake & stir’s Nick Skubij, who adapted the Orwell novel into stage performance, said while the adaptation was an honest and faithful retelling of the 1945 literary work, it’s themes were still very relevant today.
“The timing of this tour comes hot on the heels of a once-in-a-generation health pandemic and at a time when the entire human population has undergone something of a pause and a reset,” Skubij said.
“I hope this production continues to encourage audiences to question the way we live, our ideals, our aspirations and provokes spirited conversation in the theatre foyers.”
Friday 28 May
Location: Mildura Arts Centre
Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)
Tickets: Full price $45 I Concession $40 I Under 25 $25