‘Animal Farm’ – Audience Reactions

Schoolchildren and their Teachers respond to Shakexperience’s adaption of Animal Farm.

After watching a Performance of Johannesburg, South Africa’s Shakexperience’s adaption of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, directed by Neil Coppen, I asked Schoolchildren and their Teachers for their reactions to the piece. The wealth of positive responses is, in my opinion, an accurate reflection of the dynamic, thought provoking production by a fierce, energetic cast of women.

“It was amazing, they touched on so many topics Teenage Audiences would understand.”

“Themes of greed and bloodthirst […] It showed how we can be equal but there are different levels in Society.”

“It was brilliant. It was amazing. I enjoyed it. The comedy in it was nicely incorporated and I love it.”

“It kept the audience interested.”

“It was a really good show. It really opened my eyes to the perspective of the ‘Animal Farm’ and the dictatorship.”


“It was more than I expected, the story line was good.”

“As a Teacher, I just wanted to say ‘Animal Farm’ was so brilliant. The way it depicts that storyline into what we are experiencing today.

Our learners will be learning so much from what they’ve seen and lots of what I watched reminded me of what is happening right now in South Africa.”

“The use of props was amazing. I was amazed by everything – it exceeded my expectations.”

“The theatrical conventions were very clearly thought out. It was made clear to the entire audience what the show was referencing. It was breathtaking.”


“There was a deeper message at work throughout the show. I would definitely recommend it.”

“The play was powerful. I loved the energy of the actors. There were moments of emotions, happiness and silliness.”

“You could see the teamwork. They were so united. It was beautiful.”

Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.