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Closing Event 閉幕節目

English Drama ─ Animal Farm


Date: 26 (Mon) and 27 (Tue) March 2018
(Remark: The content of two sessions are the same. Participants can attend either one of them.)
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

Leung Ting Sun Technology Centre, B.Y. Lam Building, Lingnan University (LBY203)

Co-organiser: Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit, Lingnan University
ILP unit(s): 1.5 (Aesthetic Development)
Performer: Contemporary English Studies Students of Lingnan University



Animal Farm
by George Orwell adapted by Peter Hall


This is a play with songs based on Orwell’s classic fable on revolution and power written in 1943 during the dark days of WWII. It begins as a young boy takes the novel Animal Farm from his bookshelf and sits by his toy farm to read. While he does so, the farm becomes an imaginative set in which the animals seek to take over control inspired by a vision of future freedom from human tyranny and abuse. Unfortunately, their revolutionary zeal soon leads them to accept the autocratic regime of the pigs and in particular the most calculating and brutal of the pigs, Napoleon, who makes himself supreme leader, undermining the utopian vision the animals shared before they drove out the humans. Their utopia of a free and equal society quickly becomes a dystopia in which some animals are far more equal than others.


Our production of this famous musical adaptation for Lingnan Arts Festival 2018 will also focus on the literal theme of animal rights and abuse by humans - as common as in Orwell’s time, if not more so. We will invite audience to consider ethical issues related to the treatment of animals for laboratory use, cosmetics testing, etc. We will also consider contemporary questions of factory farming, and local issues such as ivory trading in our after-show discussion, as well as leaving the play open to interpretation as a metaphor of human hierarchies of power.


日期: 2018年3月26日及27日 (星期一、二)
時間: 下午6時至7時30分
地點 : 嶺南大學林炳炎樓
梁廷燊科技中心 (LBY203室)
合辦: 嶺南大學黃炳禮音樂及演藝部
ILP學分: 1.5 (美育發展)
演出: 嶺南大學當代英語語言文學課程學生