A modernized adaptation of George Orwell’s animal farm, focusing on income inequality and the rise of the 1%. The animals rise through neo-liberalism, striving towards their own self-interest, believing that this collective self-interest will lead to a better overall society. With the pigs becoming corporate leaders, the laws are rewritten, and these Beasts of the Prairies slowly watch their independence slip away.
Featuring a cast of animals, shadow puppetry, live accordion music and toys, this show is available to be performed in either French or English.
Study guide is available in both French and English.
Written/ Performed by Alice Nelson
Translated by Gisèle Villeneuve
Directed by Kelly Reay
Sound Design by Aidan Lytton
Dramaturged by TJ Dawe
Illustrations (promo & projections) by Jeff Bray
Accordion Arrangement by Jason Kodie
Shadow Screens by Kate Ware
Created with the support of Alberta Foundation for the Arts
– VUE Weekly, Edmonton, 2017
“Nelson takes some of Orwell’s metaphors and explores them in her own interesting and sometimes silly way. While acting as every single animal on the farm, who has their own unique voice, Nelson documents the animal’s defeat over farmer Jones and their rise to a “free” market system.“- VUE Weekly
“While utilizing a diverse crop of props like a projector, toy animal figurines, and a remote controlled truck, Nelson develops the teachings of Animal Farm while making it an easy to digest experience.”- VUE Weekly
“Alice Nelson nicely characterizes the pigs, horse, goat, donkey and other animals”– Edmonton Journal
– Edmonton Audience Poll