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Fake news and propaganda machines: new theatre production pulls Animal Farm into the now

By Helen Trenos, Lecturer (Theatre & Creative Arts), Curtin University
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Review: Animal Farm, written by Van Badham and directed by Emily McLean, Black Swan State Theatre Company.

In 1937 George Orwell witnessed a boy whipping a horse. This was a catalyst for his novel Animal Farm. Published in 1945, it remains a potent political satire.

A story about the days and months following an animal revolt on a run-of-the-mill English farm, Orwell’s book is an allegory for Stalinist USSR where the ideals of…


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