By George Orwell
Adapted by Tatty Hennessy
Directed by Ed Stambollouian
Starring the NYT REP Company
Co-produced by Royal & Derngate as part of their Made in Northampton season
In association with Mike Shepherd
Recommended for 12+
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Workshop Theatre, London | 10-12 June - Book Now (Tickets Limited)
Including a relaxed performance at 2pm on Friday 11 June
All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others
Award-winning political playwright Tatty Hennessy (A Hundred Words for Snow, F*Off) adapts George Orwell’s classic as an allegory for our own times exploring themes of revolution, the price of sovereignty and power with humour and sharp wit.
When the downtrodden animals of a farm overthrow their master to run the show themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of independence and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them start to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another and independence isn’t what they were promised it would be.
Directed with playful invention by Ed Stambollouian (Pinter at the Pinter, West End), this Made in Northampton production, in association with Kneehigh Theatre, will star Britain’s best young performing talent from the 2020 National Youth Theatre REP Company.
The production is a collaboration between Royal & Derngate and the National Youth Theatre, whose renowned alumni rank amongst Britain’s greatest actors including Northampton’s Matt Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Helen Mirren and Daniel Day Lewis.
Backstage NYT graduates have gone on to work in key roles at the world's biggest theatres and events including Olympic Ceremonies, award-wining large-scale theatre productions and global tours of the world's biggest music artists.
Relaxed performance | Friday 11th June, 2pm
Pre-show information available featuring details on the performance and what to expect for you visit at National Youth Theatre
Reasonable adjustments have been made to this performance to make it more accessible. To read more about our inclusive practice please visit here.
Free Educational Resources
Explore notes on the adaptation from Writer Tatty Hennessy, discover character biographies from the casts' perspective, and gain insight into the production with interviews with Set and Costume Designer Jasmine Swan and the National Youth Theatre REP Company.
Adapted by Tatty Hennessy
Director Ed Stambollouian
Set & Costume Designer - Jasmine Swan
Lighting Designer - Zoe Spurr
Choreographer - Vicki Igbokwe
Composer - John Elliott
Sound Designer - Xana
Musical Director - Jordan Clarke
Fight Director - Enric Ortuño
Vocal Coach - Marcia Carr
Production Manager - Ian Smith
Deputy Production Manager - Jack Greenyer
Company Stage Manager - Claire Risseeuw
Tour Manager - Dougie Wilson
Assistant Director - Masha Kevinovna
Design Assistant (NYT Member) - Ellie Roser
Sound Assistant (NYT Member) - Daniel Mitchell
Lighting Assistant and Operator (NYT Member) - Ed Lawson
Covid Safety Officers - Andy Patterson and Anthony Papamichael
Chief LX - Dom Cook
Programmer and Re-lighter - Philip Burke
Deputy Stage Manager (NYT Member) - Alix Nicholson
Assistant Stage Manager (NYT Member) - Samantha Galbraith
Assistant Stage Manager (NYT Member) - Emily Dimino
Production Sound and Mixer - Hope Brennan
Costume Supervisor - Jennie Quirk
Assistant Costume Supervisor and Wardrobe Manager - Anna Edwards-McConway
Wardrobe Assistant - Nicole Garbett
Wardrobe Assistant - Bella Collins
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