A biting satire about a fictional farm, where the animals revolt against their human owner & declare themselves a free state, Animal Farm, by George Orwell, was originally written as an allegory to the communist regime of USSR. But in the decades since, theatremakers& filmmakers have found uncanny & eerie resemblances of Animal Farm to various & diverse political & social systems in the present day. This version of Animal Farm, by Tahatto, directed by Prashanth Kumar Nair, stays faithful to the source material but looks at it with the contexts available to us today. Created as an ensemble piece that What emerges is a dark comedy that strangely seems way too familiar to us than it should. Even cheeky references that seem like a nod to present-day happenings closer to home, were actually present in Orwell’s original work. Which begs the questions: has everything that’s happening today already happened before? Are we living in a cycle of things that keep repeating because we refuse to learn our lessons? Is absolute power so corrupt that it reduces every Utopian dream down to its most embarrassing form? Will we ever learn to be wary of that leader who... Oh well, nevermind.
By Nelson Bond, George Orwell
Adapted and directed by Prashanth Nair