18 Aug – 10 Sep 2022

Wild Rice @ Funan

All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.

Something is going on at Manor Farm. The animals have overthrown Farmer Jones and, with the pigs as their leaders, have created a new state for themselves called Animal Farm.

Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities in the system, the pigs write a set of commandments as a guide for animal life. However, cunning propaganda hides their true agenda, as the ideals of the revolution are gradually subverted.

Animal Farm, George Orwell’s most celebrated novel, is a timely reminder that absolute power corrupts and that totalitarian regimes inevitably betray the trust of ordinary citizens.

Combining physical theatre, live and original music, and innovative design, Wild Rice’s 20th-anniversary production of Animal Farm is more than just a tale of barnyard betrayal. Vital, sexy and wickedly funny, it invigorates a world classic with humour, integrity and clarity – proving that Orwell’s dark fairy tale is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.

Production History

Wild Rice’s groundbreaking production of Animal Farm first opened to rave reviews at Singapore’s Jubilee Hall in 2002, garnering three DBS Life! Theatre Awards for Best Director, Best Ensemble Acting and Best Music.

Some of the finest actors in Singapore and the region have gotten down on all fours to breathe life into Animal Farm’s menagerie of characters, including Abdul Gani Karim, Lim Kay Siu, Lim Yu-Beng, Pam Oei, Tan Kheng Hua, Selena Tan, Yeo Yann Yann and more.

Animal Farm has since proudly flown Singapore’s flag overseas, playing to rapturous full houses and standing ovations in New Zealand (2004), Hong Kong (2010) and Australia (2011).

This 20th Anniversary production marks the first time Wild Rice has staged Animal Farm in over a decade, and features a brand-new ensemble cast of the country’s most promising young actors.

Duration: approximately 1 hour 45 minutes (with no interval)
IMDA Rating: General

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Previews – Thu 18 Aug & Fri 19 Aug, 7.30pm
$30, $40, $60, $70

Tue, Wed & Thu, 7:30pm
$35, $45, $65, $75

Fri, 7:30pm /  Sat, 2:30pm & 7:30pm / Sun, 2:30pm
$40, $50, $70, $80

As part of Wild Rice’s mission to make theatre accessible to people from all walks of life, we will be presenting the following access performances of Animal Farm!

30 AUG 2022, 7:30PM

This performance features captions during the show to accommodate patrons with slight to profound hearing loss. Please book seats in Balcony 1 for the best view of the captions.

3 SEP 2022, 2:30PM (TOUCH TOUR STARTS AT 1:15PM)

This performance is an inclusive theatrical experience featuring audio commentary on the play (interspersed with the actors’ live dialogue) that will be relayed via a headset. There will be an accompanying tactile tour of the stage, set and props. This will provide audience members who are blind or partially sighted more insight into our show.

Listen to pre-show notes:

Get closer to the drama in these insightful post-show discussions with the cast and creative team after the show!

21 AUG 2022
25 AUG 2022
1 SEP 2022

If you would like to attend a talkback, we highly recommend booking tickets for the accompanying performances as these dialogue sessions will include spoilers for the show.

Erwin Shah Ismail
Matt Grey
Tia Andrea Guttensohn
Dwayne Lau
Audrey Luo
Johnny Ng
Vester Ng
Suhaili Safari


Riduan Zalani

Director / Set Designer / Movement Director Ivan Heng
Author George Orwell
Adapter Ian Wooldridge
Assistant Director Thomas Lim
Lighting Designer James Tan
Sound Designer Riduan Zalani
Costume Designer Lai Chan
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Bobbie Ng
Additional Music Julian Wong