By James Kenworth
George Orwell’s simple, tragic fable, telling what happens when the animals drive out Mr Jones and attempt to run the farm themselves, has become a world-famous classic.
In a brand new contemporary, urban reimagining of Animal Farm, When Chaplin Met Gandhi writer James Kenworth takes Orwell’s classic satire and gives it a fresh, contemporary twist, injecting its timeless tale of a revolution that went wrong with a gritty, urban, in-yer-face language.
In what was a first for Orwell’s classic satire, the show was performed in one of London’s longest established and largest inner-city farms, Newham City Farm, and featured a unique, mixed economy casting of Newham school pupils acting alongside professional actors.
"With the unique blessing of The George Orwell Estate, playwright James Kenworth keeps close to the original narrative, rendering events explicable for those new to the novel. A modern twist is added with the use of urban language - an urbanity percussioned by occasional planes taking off from City Airport nearby."
British Theatre Guide
"Instead of "Four legs good, two legs bad", the animals are whipped up to chant "Four legs badass, two legs wasteman" in this terrifically powerful update...Highly recommended."