Written by MiriamSpall on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 09:15

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to announce that this year’s Summer School production will be George Orwell’s razor-edged fairy-tale, Animal Farm. Following the success of Pride & Prejudice, Goodnight Mister Tom and Our Day Out – The Musical, this new in-house production will give young people the opportunity to work alongside professional actors and stage crew, gaining invaluable industry experience with the Summer School.

Neglected, overworked and fed up, the animals of Manor Farm were ready to fight back.  Now, with the rebellion won and the humans exiled, what started off as a brave new era is turning dark as a new leader emerges. Four legs good, two legs bad… but what if two legs are better? “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

George Orwell’s classic novella is given new life in a thought-provoking adaptation for the stage by Ian Wooldridge. 75 years after its publication, Orwell’s masterpiece remains ferociously fresh, with a chilling message that continues to echo real-world temperaments. “There is the answer to all our problems.  It is summed up in a single word – Man.”

Open to young people aged from 14 to 22 years, this exciting project will be fun and hard work but, above all, life-changing; we really want to build a coherent ensemble which will work well, both together and with our professional actors to tell this amazing story. The production will be very physical and we are looking for actors with strong voices (both acting & singing) and who are confident using their bodies to also tell the story.

We are looking for young people who have interests as performers: actors, musicians singers and dancers; or an interest in working backstage: stage management, technical theatre, set building, design and costume. To find out more about the audition process, the summer school schedule and content, the production, and to make an application to audition, please visit or contact 

The show will be directed by Marcus Romer and produced by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with the rest of the production team and professional cast to be announced at a later date.

Animal Farm has performances from Fri 21 Aug – Sat 5 Sep, and tickets will go on sale along with the rest of the autumn season when it is announced.

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