Fresh take on a brilliant satire

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Award-winning playwright and director Phyllis Klotz presents a new and exciting interpretation of Animal Farm.

Klotz, who is the artistic director of the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni, will stage the show at the Dance Factory in Newtown.

Adapted from George Orwell's book, Animal Farm, this brilliant satire opens on May 7 and runs until May 30.

Klotz, who has done wonders with other book adaptations such as Maru, is expected to do the same with Animal Farm.

She says Orwell's story, which was first published in 1945, is a timeless and devastating satire on idealism betrayed by power and corruption.

"When the downtrodden animals of Animal Farm overthrow their master, Mr Jones, and take over the farm - they imagine this is the beginning of a life of freedom and plenty. But the animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is gradually replaced by another."

Klotz has teamed up with talented professionals such as internationally acclaimed choreographer Gregory Maqoma, musical director Neo Leleka, Michael Maxwell and lighting designer Sasha Ehlers.

The play boasts a star-studied cast that includes Bheki Mkhwane as Squealer, Chan Marti as Muriel and Generations actress Linda Sokhulu in the role of Mollie the Cow.

Mkhwane is a talented actor who is fortunate enough to have an established theatre profile.

"This fast-moving musical dramatisation is fresh and immensely enjoyable without jeopardising the savagery of the original material," says Klotz.

She says they will be using multimedia, with screens to carry the narrative, as well as lots of shadow play and choreographed movement. Tickets cost R60.