By UOW Malaysia KDU
Many believed that 2020 was the year of the new normal, but for the UOW Malaysia KDU Diploma in Entertainment Arts students, it was the year they travelled back to the year 1945. The students put on a memorable two-night showcase performance of an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm. Both nights were full houses with audiences giving standing ovations and enthusiastic applause for their rendition of this well-loved novel. The audience were subsequently noted to have given positive reviews on the performance. Such was the demand for the show that unfortunately many had to be turned away for the second evening of the performance.
Animal Farm is an allegorical novella, first published in England on 17 August 1945. Orwell’s work has a prominent place in the school literature curriculum. The play tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.
It tells a story of how barn yard animals learn to manage themselves after rebelling against their masters. The novel demonstrates how easily good intentions can be subverted into tyranny. It also teaches students symbolism and challenges students to interpret those ideas in every aspect of their performance.
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