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Girls Tell The Story of 'Animal Farm'

Friday, 30 June 2017

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George Orwell’s political fable Animal Farm was brought to life on stage by girls in Year 7 to 9, with the help of some fantastic masks created by the Textiles department! Written in 1945 in the style of Aesop’s fables, Animal Farm uses animals on an English farm to tell the history of Soviet communism. The pigs Napoleon and Snowball are based directly on Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky, and the story focuses on Stalin’s betrayal of the Russian Revolution.

Auditions took place in February and Mrs Worthington found it really hard to choose the final cast of seventeen as the standard was so high. Once rehearsals began, pupils gave up two evenings a week and many lunchtimes to perfect the performance, and all were hugely committed to creating a flawless production.

Amy Scoble provided narration to the tale as the events unfolded on stage. After the animals succeeded in taking over the farm, Grace Collins as Napoleon and Bella Grainger as Snowball brought the pigs’ power-struggle to a dramatic climax through their arguments. Katie Wild’s performance as Boxer the carthorse was both humorous and moving. The rest of the cast provided a wonderful collection of performances to bring the rest of the animals to life and tell the story, from the animals’ first triumph to the final conclusion.

The whole cast acted beautifully throughout, and the stage was set in excellent fashion by the Props Club and the costuming efforts of the Textiles department. The programme and poster for the show also featured artwork based on the story of Animal Farm, which was created by the girls.

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