2017 / George Orwell
The action follows the rebellion of the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm, who are mistreated and abused by Farmer Jones. The audience will witness the euphoria of comradeship after the human oppressors are driven off. The animals expel Jones and, under the idealistic guidance of Snowball the pig, form a collective society to run the renamed ‘Animal Farm’, sharing all the work and all the food. The pigs, smartest of the animals, band together to provide leadership for the other animals. We hear the teaching of Old Major that all animals are created equal. Slowly and subtly the pigs begin changing the rules to give themselves more power and privileges. Soon the rest of the animals are no better than they were under the humans – once again they are starving and near destitute. It is hard to believe Animal Farm was written in 1945 as it is filled with insights that remain current even today.