NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Public Arts Programme
Programme ID: PAP054040
Two in One: Show + Workshop: ANIMAL FARM
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A theatrical experience for Primary School children.
Beginning with a 30-minute theatrical performance based on a classic piece of children’s literature, your students will then continue on with an interactive one-hour Drama session where they will explore and delve further into the story, be able to contextualise the story, and be better prepared to discuss, identify and explore the many themes in the story.
This journey from watching to discussing to participating helps the students to internalise their own feelings and realise their own thoughts on the themes.
‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’
Animal Farm, written by George Orwell, is first and foremost a fairy story, a fable with a moral at the end. It features animals that can talk and act like humans, and even interact with other humans. It portrays the lives of animals who escape from man’s rule only to be ruled eventually by their own kind.
The story begins when Old Major gives a rousing speech about the their right to freedom. Soon after, through sheer luck, the animals take over Manor Farm and begin a new life, free from the power of Man. The pigs, who are the smarter animals, lead the way when they change the name of the farm to Animal Farm – a small step in the Rebellion. Next, to show that all the animals are equal, seven commandments are created and followed. But as time goes by, the pigs become greedy and hungry for power to rule the farm. Slowly, they begin to take advantage of the others through lies, threats, betrayals and bullying. The seven commandments are also modified to suit the new leaders and in the end, old dreams and plans are forgotten.
Animal Farm will be a 30-minute performance in our very own ACT 3 Theatre which will be transformed into the world of a farm. Using just 3 actors, we will tell the story through a combination of music, soundscapes, song, movement and storytelling. With simple costumes and props, our actors will stay true to the story with its themes of bullying, deceit, and misuse of power and knowledge.
After the performance, the students will participate in a 60-minute Drama workshop which will provide opportunities for them to identify, understand and talk about the themes from the story. They will also learn to work in smaller groups to explore the intentions, feelings, motivations and thoughts of the different characters through the use of Drama tools and strategies.
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