Year of the Rat
by Roy Smiles
17th - 25th June 2011
~ Directed by David Crook ~

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Isolated on a Scottish island in 1948 George Orwell is attempting to finish his last masterpiece - Nineteen Eighty Four - before ill health forces him off the island. Holed up with a shotgun and literary circle bombshell Sonia Brownell for company he's desperately hoping for a last chance at happiness.

But George is no womaniser and is sure to make a hash of things particularly after his childhood friend and notorious letch Cyril Connolly turns up. With his only ally being Boxer, the cart-horse from Animal Farm, will he seduce Sonia or will Cyril scupper his plans? Can he survive his friends, both real and imaginary, and finish his masterpiece before death comes knocking?

Cast
Jim MarkeyGeorge Orwell
Godfrey MarriottCyril Connolly
Hannah LeonardSonia Brownwell
Andy KirtleyBoxer/Pig/Rat
Crew
Jo BurnhamProduction Secretary
Shelagh MaughanWardrobe
Karen StephensProps
SoundAndy Paterson
PromptMaggie Box
Tony MasonSound

Photos by Steve Beeston Photography
Review by Tiffany Breeze