Animal Farm | New Theatre

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The last few years have felt particularly prophetic as the global timeline twists in on itself with the rise of fascism in the west, the collapse of democracy in Hong Kong, the civil rights movement of Black Lives Matter, and the “unprecedented” times of COVID-19 which saw responses from political leaders uncannily similar to the AIDS crisis and the 1918 flu pandemic. So it’s not surprising to see artists turn to the well-worn narratives of George Orwell as an imperfect mirror for the cycle of oppression and revolution we’re living through.

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Neighbourhood Watch | New Theatre

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Mary St is a perfectly ordinary suburban street with perfectly ordinary residents. The only thing missing is perhaps a bit of community spirit, the comfort of having someone keeping an eye on your business. But when two relative newbie neighbours strike up a friendship, the close quarters create more friction than expected.

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Angry Fags | New Theatre

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Since Hilary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election, the distinction between left and right politics and the reporting of each have become increasingly inflammatory and divisive. The Democratic Party have encountered harsh criticism for their inability to play dirty, to not compromise. But what would it look like for the left to try something new? Perhaps something extreme?

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1984! The Musical! | New Theatre

George Orwell’s dystopian political satire has had a resurgence of popularity since the 2016 US Presidential Election, the revelation of Facebook’s interest in spreading misinformation, and the generalised fascist-y turn global politics has taken recently. This new adaptation looks specifically to the funny side of surveillance and turns the 1949 novel into a comedy and a musical.

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Little Miss Sunshine | New Theatre

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The attitude of splitting people into winners and losers is a distinctly American phenomena that inspired Michael Arndt’s screenplay about the Hoover family, a band of misfits fighting against the belief that they are exemplary losers. Adapted into a musical by James Lapine and William Finn, Little Miss Sunshine follows this bland family in their bright yellow VW van from New Mexico to California for the competition of their lives.

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The Angry Brigade | New Theatre

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In the late 60s and early 70s, stirred by the political unrest abroad, a group of young anarchists began a bombing campaign in Britain and became the country’s first terrorist organisation. James Graham’s script is a political history of both sides: the specialist investigative team established to find the Angry Brigade and the group of anarchists themselves.

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Trojan Barbie | Scribe Theatre with New Theatre

Lotte thinks she deserves a holiday and some loving at the same time but she couldn’t have known her singles tour of Troy would drag her through history into the ancient falling city. Mixing history, mythology, and the modern day, Trojan Barbie is a confronting exploration of the trauma of war through the female victims.

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The Becoming | New Theatre

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Inspired by the surrealism of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Katie Pollock reimagines the well-known novella through young Greta’s eyes as her brother takes a sudden ugly turn towards extremism. In The Becoming, dangerous ideology and its sibling, dangerous indifference, means nobody gets out alive.

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We Are the (End of the) World | Supply Evolution

In a true blue story of hardship, Australian egg farmers are facing bleak times with the invention of man-made egg replacements. A charity concert fundraiser seems like the best solution until it sparks an uncontrollable urge to give, which threatens conceptions of good and fairness. Taking it back to Hume, We Are the (End of the) World takes on charitable giving as a measure of altruism motivated by self-importance and a twisted promotion of individual sacrifice.

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Cats Talk Back | New Theatre

When CATS closed on Broadway in 2000, after 18 years on the stage, it was the longest running musical in Broadway history. In Cats Talk Back five ex-cats reminisce on their time together, their process of bringing CATS to life, and what they’ve been doing in the years since.

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