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Animal Farm (Theatre Tours International, Guy Masterson, Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre – Georgia)

By | Published on Friday 8 August 2014

The allegorical story of George Orwell’s Animal Farm needs no telling, but the Edinburgh fringe production of it definitely needs seeing. This world premiere is performed by the prominent Georgian theatre company Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre in their native language (with English subtitles). Using Georgian music and dance elements, the large ensemble exhibit the various individual animal characters, emitting realistic sounds and stylised movements. Set against an almost bare stage containing just hay bales and a signpost, the production follows Orwell’s original story closely. It’s an especially relevant production for the company, given that Georgia was Joseph Stalin’s birth country, and powerful music and performances culminate in a beautiful and grasping piece of physical theatre.

Assembly George Square, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Keara Barnes]