Following two critically acclaimed productions of Quadrophenia and The Wall, the talented Mercury Theatre Young Company return for their third year with George Orwell’s dystopian tale, Animal Farm.

The story of animal revolt against human rule has gripped readers since it was first published in 1945, but is rarely seen on stage. This unflinching exploration of personal freedom bursts into life in this new production directed by Filiz Ozcan, the newly appointed Participation and Young People’s Director at the Mercury Theatre.

The Mercury Young Company is an opportunity for 16 – 25 year olds with a passion for drama, movement, music and singing to work under the guidance of the Mercury Theatre’s creative team to create a top-quality show in a professional environment. This year, in addition to the 25 young people appearing on stage, there are a total of eight young people working backstage. These roles range from Assistant Director and Assistant Movement Director, to Assistant Designer and Marketing and Communications Assistant. There are also Production Assistants working in lighting, sound, set building and scenic arts.

Animal Farm Director Filiz said “The Mercury Young Company is such a rare opportunity for young people to work in a producing theatre. Working alongside professionals allows them to develop their skills and gain an insight into all aspects of theatre making, not just on the stage, but also behind the scenes in key business areas.”

This year’s Young Company production has been supported by the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust and Essex County Council Chairman’s Fund managed by Essex Community Foundation.

Animal Farm will play at the Mercury Theatre from Thursday, July 16 until Saturday, July 18. Tickets start at £10.

To book tickets visit or call 01206 573948.

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