28 – 31 Oct 2014
Arts Club, Seel St.
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Tell Tale Theatre’s latest production is a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm; an allegorical and dystopian novel, published in England in 1945. In an exciting new collaboration with award-winning writer Laurence Wilson Tell Tale Theatre offer up a dynamic theatrical interpretation of this world famous book. With live music, drama and film this production promises to be challenging, powerful and deeply relevant.
It would be hard to over-estimate the lasting impact of Orwell’s fantastic setting of a ‘proletarian revolution’ in an English farm where the animals – led by the pigs – organize their collective strength to overthrow the humans, but end up with another dictatorship.
Written at the end of a War against fascist Germany – fought in partnership with the socialist system of Stalin’s Soviet Union – the message in Orwell’s story carried heavy warnings.
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Last week I was invited to a top secret hideaway to see the rehearsals for Tell Tale Theatre’s new production of Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs.
Tell Tale Theatre is a not-for-profit Liverpool-based community and voluntary company set up in June 2010 by drama specialists Emma Whitley and Leanne Jones. At rehearsals the group took my breath away with their vitality, fun and endless enthusiasm.
Director Rob Kavanagh – a veteran of the RSC, West End, BBC, Anthony & Cleopatra at The Liverpool Playhouse – worked a charm on his excitable young cast to shape a tragic farce that still includes a whole load of fun.
The Chairs is usually a two-person cast – the Old Man and the Old Woman – who may, or may not have lost their aged minds, but TTT gives us a unique take on the traditional with six guys and six girls playing the old couple preparing for guests who may or may not be there.
If you’re not familiar with the story, the ending is both ironic and shocking; but ultimately the old man and the old woman take the most positive step they can in the face of their existence.
The Chairs is on at St George’s Hall on Saturday 8 February at 2pm and 7.30pm. Phone up and book a ticket for this lively and unique performance.
The cast with Director Rob Kavanagh at rehearsals – click for bigger pics!
Many congratulations to Tell Tale our local experimental community theatre company, they have got to the semi final of Sky Arts ‘Stagestruck’ competition!
They and 3 other theatre groups will perform for a place in the final at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford upon Avon on 13th November. The performances start at 2-30pm.
I am sure they will give a great performance and, mentored by that great professional Martin Shaw, and will get through to the final. This time they have to perform a Shakespeare piece.
The prize for the winning finalist is to perform a play on the West End Stage. What a great prize for any actor!
Well, ‘break a leg’ and whatever happens you have done yourselves and our fair city proud.
You can book free tickets from the RSC by calling the Box Office on 0844 800 1110.