2013 College Production, Animal Farm

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August saw a group of hard-working Salesian students, along with 6 girls from Killester College Springvale present a staged version of George Orwell’s classic 1946 book, Animal Farm. Three performances were staged at Clayton Community Centre Theatre with the talented young actors using crutches to symbolise front legs and all wearing masks. It would not have been possible to do this without the help of Mr Leigh Esposito, a parent of 2 Salesian students, who manages an Orthopaedic Appliances company.

Huge thank yous also to Ms Erin Lalor and Miss Punita Mistry for their prop and set making, helped by Mr Kim Beurs, the VCAL students and a great backstage crew. The masks were all made by Year 8 students in their 3-D Art Classes under the skilled tutelage of Miss Mary O’Sullivan who worked extremely hard to ensure all the masks were ready in time.

Obviously the extreme physicality required was a huge effort for these young men and women, but all rose to the challenge of walking on four legs and performing with a variety of masks. Of course it is not only about the people on stage; without our musical students on guitar and piano and our sound, lighting and multi-media team we would not have presented such a striking interpretation.

Congratulations to all involved.

To view Animal Farm photos, click here.

Adam Croft
Head of Performance