Published in 1945, George Orwell's satirical novel Animal Farm is in fact an allegory and a critique of the Stalinist Soviet Union, and in a broader context, it explores how an initially beautiful and noble idea can degenerate into a total dictatorship.
Could we predict in advance what are the precursors that will lead to the construction of such a system? Can we detect these signs that precede revolutions in the way secret organizations are managed, meetings are held, marches sung in secret or by the features of certain characters?
The victory of the 'revolution' brings forth the most glorious era: the economy is booming, in the context of abundance everyone receives double rations, participates in democratic rallies, makes common decisions, commemorates the glorious fight against man, the security of all being ensured by the seven commands agreed upon by everyone. In parallel, however, the ideal of equality is distorted as pigs come to power. They are beginning to enjoy more and more privileges in various fields: they learn to read and write, they are the ones who receive the milk, they do not work, but 'lead'; the meetings disappear, 'history' and the laws are reformed according to their own will.
As such, Orwell asks the following question: could social equality be actually achieved or will there always be a need for someone who works and someone else who leads?
Zoltán Puskás was born on 20 February 1976 in Zenta. After graduating from the Chemical Technical School in Zenta in 1995, he was admitted to the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Novi Sad, in the class of György Hernyák and Sándor László.
Since 2000 he has been a member of the company of the Novi Sad Theatre.
During his high school years he became acquainted with the idea of directing. He staged several performances at the Thurzó Lajos Public Cultural Centre in Zenta. Later he continued to work with young people within the Colourful Fragments Student Theatre of the Novi Sad Theatre, and then he worked and still works with the company of the Novi Sad Theatre as a director under permanent contract with great success.
Following the highly successful musicals The Wizard of Oz and The Jungle Book, Animal Farm is the third work he has staged at the Hungarian State Theatre in Cluj-Napoca.