Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Community Links' REVOLUTION FARM, Playing at Newham City Farm
George Orwell's simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has become a world-famous classic. In Revolution Farm, a brand new adaptation of Animal Farm, writer James Kenworth takes Orwell's classic satire and gives it a fresh, contemporary twist, injecting its timeless tale of a revolution that went wrong with a gritty, urban, in-yer-face language perfectly suited to being staged on one of London''s longest established and largest inner city farms, Newham City Farm, Stansfeld Rd, London E6 5LT. Revolution Farm will run for eight performances between Tuesday 19 and Sunday 24 August. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast!
Following the success of Kenworth''s 2012's When Chaplin Met Gandhi play, which involved Newham school pupils acting alongside professional actors, Community Links are proud to present this brand new and very special theatrical venture: George Orwell''s classic satire of an animal uprising that went wrong - performed on an inner city farm.
Like When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm is a unique collaboration between professional theatre artists and schools/young people in Newham, involving a professional writer, director, designer and actors working alongside students from Gallions Primary School.
James Kenworth (adaptation) and James Martin Charlton (director) are reunited for the first time since their acclaimed production of Kenworth''s punk poet drama GOB, starring ex-Take That star Jason Orange and Tom Murphy at the King''s Head Theatre in Islington.
Opened in 1977, Newham City Farm is one of London''s longest established and largest city farms. It is home to an extensive range of farmyard favourites and rare breeds - it has everything from a huge Shire Horse to tiny birds as well as cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens, rabbits, fish, ferrets and even a harris hawk. What better place than City Farm to host the performances of Orwell''s Animal Farm!
Community Links presents Revolution Farm by James Kenworth, inspired by George Orwell's classic Animal Farm. Directed by James Martin Charlton and designed by Ian Teague, the show runs: Tuesday 19 August at 3.00pm; Wednesday 20 August at 3.00pm; Wednesday 20 August at 7.00pm; Thursday 21 August at 7.00pm; Friday 22 August at 7.00pm; Saturday 23 August at 3.00pm; Saturday 23 August at 7.00pm; and Sunday 24 August at 3.00pm. Tickets: www.animalfarm.ticketsource.co.uk. Prices: £10.00; £7.00 (concessions); £5.00 (Newham residents). All performances play Newham City Farm, Stansfeld Rd, London E6 5LT (download Farm map/directions at http://newhamcityfarm.co.uk/contact/). Bus: 300, 376, 262; DLR: Royal Albert. Parking at Will Thorne Pavilion or Stansfeld Road. For Information call: 07957 112932.
Photo Credit: Prodeepta Das