A Children’s Theatre Partnership production in association with Birmingham Rep
Adapted and directed by Robert Icke
Set and Costume Designer Puppet Designer and Director
Bunny Christie Toby Olié
The animals of Manor Farm drive out the farmer and run the farm themselves. A revolution. And then what? Then freedom. Every animal will be free.
Old Major, the prize boar, calls the animals of Manor Farm together. He has had a strange dream of a better future.
George Orwell’s world-famous fable tells the story of a revolution and its aftermath. Re-imagined by an award-winning creative team, Animal Farm is a dynamic, daring and contemporary take on a timeless story.
Animal Farm is directed by Robert Icke, whose version of 1984 (co-adapted and directed with Duncan Macmillan) was a smash-hit in the West End and on Broadway. This brand new production features puppetry by Toby Olié (whose credits include War Horse, Running Wild and Goodnight Mister Tom) and is designed by four-time Olivier Award-winner Bunny Christie.
The Children’s Theatre Partnership creates bold and imaginative theatre for young people, engaging new audiences and aiming to inspire a life-long love of theatre.
This pack contains practical activity ideas for teachers to choose from, to be used alongside the study of Animal Farm by George Orwell, and the stage adaptation by Robert Icke.
The pack can be followed front to back, you can choose one theme to focus on, or pick and choose which activities you wish to explore based on the students you are working with.
Video links to Creative challenges and interviews with the Creative Team are included.
Some strong language, not suitable for young children. General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children, age guidance 11+
Audio Described Performance – Sat 23 Apr, 2pm
Estimated run time: 1 hrs 30 mins
Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes.
Cast and Creatives
Ailsa Dalling is a performer, puppeteer and puppet maker. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Ailsa Dalling trained at The Curious School of Puppetry in 2016. Since completing her training she has been working in theatre, film and TV as a puppeteer and puppet maker. Her theatre performing credits include: The Wizard of Oz (Leeds Playhouse); The Dancing Frog (Kneehigh); Angelo (Little Angel Theatre); The Adventures Of Curious Ganz (Silent Tide); Venus & Adonis (RSC) and Theatre Ballads (Horse & Bamboo). She was also lead artist and puppet director for RAT (The Rat Affair).
Ben Thompson is a performer and puppeteer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Ben trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre work includes; The Walk, Out of the Deep Blue, The Boy In The Dress (RSC); Die Zauberflote (Glyndebourne); The Town That Trees Built, The Marbleous Route Home (Young Vic); The Magic Flute, Madam Butterfly (ENO); The Wizard of Oz, Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe); Twelfth Night, Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe/Apollo); Before The Dawn (Hammersmith Apollo)Kipper’s Snowy Day (Slot Machine); Running Wild (Regent’s Park); Light (Ad Infinitum); The Lorax (Old Vic); Measure for Measure, Hamlet (The Factory); Treasure Island, The Light Princess, War Horse (National Theatre); A Christmas Carol (National Theatre of Scotland); Kevin in Low Life (Blind Summit Theatre); Faeries (ROH2) and Peter Pan (Dundee Rep). Television and Film work includes; Fungus The Bogeyman (Sky/The Imaginarium); Table Manners (Indy8/Channel 4); Fantastic Beasts 2, Gravity (Warner Bros.) and Life (Columbia Pictures).
Darcy Collins is a performer and puppeteer. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Darcy is a performer and puppeteer who trained with Toby Olié and Finn Caldwell at The Curious School of Puppetry / Little Angel Theatre. Theatre credits include: Dinosaur World (UK, USA and Middle East tours); Angelo (Little Angel Theatre); Running Wild (Regents Park/UK Tour); Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, 101 Dalmations (Chichester Festival Theatre); Our Country’s Good and The Good Hope (Riverside Theatre). For television, Darcy is a puppeteer on a major new children’s series for Apple+, soon to be announced. Puppet design & fabrication credits include: Children Of Eden (Union Theatre); Cinderella (Creation Theatre) and Beauty And The Beast (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Edie Edmundson is a performer, puppeteer and puppetry director. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Edie trained at the Curious School of Puppetry. Her puppeteer and puppetry directing credits include: The Little Matchgirl And Other Happier Tales (Shakespeare’s Globe/Bristol Old Vic); Venus And Adonis, First Encounters: The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); An Edinburgh Christmas Carol (the Edinburgh Royal Lyceum) and Zog (Freckle Productions).. She also creates her own work, both independently – The Pony Club At The End of the World and Flamingo – and with Loaded Object Theatre – Sex And Puppets and Busy Being Ze.
Elisa De Grey is a performer. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Elisa’s theatre credits include: The Wolves In The Walls (Little Angel Theatre); Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol (Citizens Theatre); Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/UK Tour); Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining (Shakespeare’s Globe); Goodnight Mr Tom (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End and UK Tour); Little Universe, Brilliant (Fevered Sleep); These Associations (Tino Sehgal); No Way Out (Southwark Playhouse); The Juniper Tree (Goat and Monkey Theatre Company); The Water Babies (Northern Broadsides); Gormenghast (David Glass Ensemble); Beyond Midnight (Trestle Theatre Company); Binari (Obviam Est); Macbeth (Conspirators of Pleasure); Cinderella, Robin Hood and The Lottie Project (Polka Theatre). TV credits include: The Lost World of Mitchell And Kenyon and Harbour Lights (BBC).
Enrico Dau Yang Wey is a performer, puppeteer, puppetry director, artist and researcher. They are in the cast of Animal Farm. Enrico Dau Yang Wey is from Taiwan. Wey has been a senior member of Handspring Puppet Company since 2005, performing in productions including Tall Horse, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse directed by William Kentridge, and the Tony Award-winning play War Horse, on Broadway. They served as the Resident Puppetry Director for the German-language production of War Horse in 2013. Their performance works have been on view internationally at such venues as Danspace Project, Urgel3, Uferstudios, and more recently as a resident artist for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival. Some notable credits include featured roles in Shulea Cheang’s 3x3x6 for the 2019 Venice Biennale’s Taiwan Pavilion, Dennis Cooper/Zac Farley’s feature film Like Cattle Towards Glow, and for choreographers Robyn Orlin, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Aitana Cordero, among others. Wey holds a Master’s Degree in the Arts from the Universität der Kunst in Berlin, Germany and has published written research through Brumaria Art Collective in Spain and Performance Research Journal (UK). Their solo research project in decolonizing tuning/scoring, vocal improv and landscapes, fertile fields, first premiered in June 2021 at Centro De Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid. Continued work will be presented at Conde Duque in 2022. They have recently come off of a tour as Puppetry Director for Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk.
Markus Schabbing is a performer and puppeteer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Markus trained at Joop van den Ende Academy (Hamburg) and Curious School of Puppetry (London) Theatre credits include: Life And Times Of Michael K. (Handspring Puppet Company/Theatre der Welt Festival/Baxter Theatre/Cape Town); The Incredible Tale Of Robot Boy (Theatre-Rites/ Schauspielhaus Bochum); TORUK- The First Flight (Cirque du Soleil); The Welcoming Party (Theatre-Rites/Ruhrtriennale Festival); Hinterm Horizont – The Musical (Stage Operenttenhaus); The Addams Family (Museums Quartier); War Horse (National Theatre/Gillian Lynne Theatre/Theater Des Westens); Gefahrten (Theater des Westens), and The Snow Queen (Landestheatre Schleswig-Holstein).
Matthew Churcher is performer and drummer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Matt previously featured in the play The Wider Earth (Natural History Museum) and is most known for War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nightime (National Theatre). Other Theatre Credits Include: All My Sons (Rose theatre Kingston – HKST); Dancing At Lughnasa (Lyric Belfast); The Ancient Secret Of Youth And The Five Tibetans (Octagon, Bolton); Transports (Analogue) and Polythene (Theatre 503). Other TV Credits Include: War Of The Worlds (Fox); Guerrilla (Sky); Drunk History (Comedy Central); Doctors (BBC1) and Cyderdelic (BBC3). Film credits include: Captain America (Marvel).
Matt Tait is a performer and puppeteer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Matt previously featured in the play The Wider Earth (Natural History Museum) and is most known for War Horse and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime (National Theatre). Other Theatre Credits Include: All My Sons (Rose theatre Kingston – HKST); Dancing At Lughnasa (Lyric Belfast); The Ancient Secret Of Youth And The Five Tibetans (Octagon, Bolton); Transports (Analogue) and Polythene (Theatre 503). Other TV Credits Include: War Of The Worlds (Fox); Guerrilla (Sky); Drunk History (Comedy Central); Doctors (BBC1) and Cyderdelic (BBC3). Film credits include: Captain America (Marvel).
Michael Jean-Marain is an actor and puppeteer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Michael is an actor and puppeteer who trained at The Urdang Academy, London. Theatre credits include: The Hatchling (Trigger Productions); War Horse (National Theatre/UK and International Tour); The Merchant Of Venice (Orange Tree Theatre); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (UK Tour); Hetty Feather (Duke Of York’s Theatre); 3 Little Pigs (UK Tour) and The Gruffalo’s Child (UK and US Tour). On screen he’s the hero in a current Vanish – Martini commercial; and you can see his puppetry in adverts for Coca Cola and Tums.
Rayo Patel is a performer, mime and puppeteer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Rayo Patel trained in physical theatre at East15 and loves mime, mask and puppetry. His favourite credits include Satyagraha (Improbable); Madame Butterfly (Blind Summit) and A Brave Face, Finding Joy (Vamos Theatre).
Sharon Sze is a performer. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Sharon Sze graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2019 and has since appeared in Invisible Lines at the Birmingham REP. Other work includes appearances in the video game As Dusk Falls (Interior Night).
Yana Penrose is a performer and writer. She is in the cast of Animal Farm. Yana graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Theatre credits include: Christmas Carol (Chester Storyhouse); An Enemy Of The People (UK Tour/ Albany Theatre); Ballad Of Rudy (Manchester Exchange); How Love Is Spelt (Southwark Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air); Jack, Christmas Carol, Hansel and Gretel (Derby Theatre) and Emily Rising (Little Angel). Film and Television credits include: Humans (Channel 4) and feature film Carnivore (Cervidae Films/Silver Spectral). Yana is also a writer, and was the recipient of Camden Peoples Theatre Seed Commission for her debut play Daddy Issues.
Jonathan is a writer and performer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. Jonathan is a writer and performer. He is in the cast of Animal Farm. His theatre work includes: The Normal Heart, As You Like It, Our Country’s Good, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, King Lear, Othello, The Captain of Kopenick (all National Theatre); King Lear (Us Tour); A Little Night Music, The Crucible, The Beggar’s Opera, Alice in Wonderland (All Storyhouse); The Hartlepool Monkey (National Tour); A Tale of Two Cities(Touring Consortium); While the Sun Shines (Bath); The Butterfly Lion, Travels with my Aunt (both Chichester Festival Theatre); Journey’s End, But First This (Watermill); Toxic Bankers (LST/Lowry); Scott Mills the Musical (BBC Radio 1/ Edinburgh); Hamlet, The Grapes of Wrath, Chimneys, Lend me a Tenor, A Small Family Business, The Government Inspector (all Pitlochry); The Road To The Sea (Orange Tree); Troilus and Cressida (Old Vic). TV work includes Highway to Hell, That Mitchell and Webb Look Radio: Numerous plays and serials for BBC Radio. Writing for TV and radio includes That Mitchell and Webb Sound/Look (Radio 4/BBC2), Ten Things I Hate About… (Channel 5), Love Lessons, The Eliza Stories (BBC Radio 4).
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