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Friday, March 10, 2023



St Anne’s Diocesan College will present Animal Farm (Hall) by George Orwell, adapted by Peter Hall, with lyrics by Adrian Mitchell and music by Richard Peaslee.

Taking place from March 20 to 23, 2023, at 19h00, this amateur production of Animal Farm (Hall) will take place in The Theatre at St Anne’s. It is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm is a compelling exploration of the dangers of power and authority, and how these can corrupt even the most well-intentioned individuals. Through the story of the animals' revolution, the play delves into the psychology of mass formation, examining the ways in which propaganda, manipulation, and fear can be used to control a population and subjugate others.

Drawing on ideas presented in Mattias Desmet's ground-breaking book, The Psychology of Totalitarianism (2022, Chelsea Green Publishing), the play will examine the psychological factors that contribute to the emergence of authoritarian regimes and offer a thought-provoking exploration of the dangers of groupthink and the importance of individual agency.

The production of this classic work promises to be visually interesting and emotionally resonant, incorporating acted performance with songs, audio visual elements, a live soundscape and live video. With its timely and thought-provoking themes, Orwell’s Animal Farm is one of the most important and influential works of the 20th century.

The production is directed by Lynn Chemaly, with technical design by Marcus Henning and musical direction by Andri Potgieter.

“When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.” - Hannah Arendt




Prof Dr Mattias Desmet (MSc, Phd) is recognized as the world’s leading expert on the theory of mass formation as it applies to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist.