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Animal Farm & Love’s Labour’s Lost

Young performers are taking to the stage with two classics to round out a successful year.

Talented youngsters from Corrugated Iron Youth Arts will put their spin on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and George Orwell’s Animal Farm, adapted for the stage by Nick Skubij for shake & stir theatre co, over three nights.

The double-bill comes as the artists wanted more performance opportunities – and it’s a bonus for theatre-goers who no doubt want another excuse to hide out of the heat.

Animal Farm director Kate Kelly says the stage adaptation of the iconic novel is relevant in a modern context.

“I have tried to set Animal Farm in a place and time that the audience can relate to. The play touches on current political themes in Australia, it is dark, edgy and thought provoking,” she says.

“The performance is highly physical and the ensemble are playing multiple characters, helped by the use of masks and physical theatre practitioners who’ve come on board.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost director Tony Rive says there’s a lot to love about the Shakespeare comedy.

“The show is about the simple things in life,” he says.

“It’s about what every person faces when it comes to love, the turmoil between the mind and the heart.

“Everyone always tries to uncover the meaning behind love and to pinpoint the ideas behind it but this play will show you that in the end it’s just about how you feel. 

“Love is worth waiting for and pursuing.”

Animal Farm | Fri 7 Dec, 7pm | Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, 1pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre

Love’s Labour’s Lost | Sat 8 Dec, 6pm | Sun 9 Dec, 4pm | Brown’s Mart Theatre

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