YOUNG people in the Borders will take on their final two performances of a classic novel this month.

During the October break 20 youngsters from around the Borders have prepared to perform George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the Borders Youth Theatre (BYT).

With two performances in Kelso and Walkerburn already in the bag, the young actors will now tread the boards in Selkirk and Town Yetholm.

A BYT spokesperson said: “The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.

“Ultimately, the rebellion is betrayed, and under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon, the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before.

“Within the tale, Orwell demonstrates how simply political dogma can be turned into propaganda.

"It is not difficult to see relevant parallels in today’s society.

“This adaptation by Ian Woolridge allows these complicated ideas to be presented in an accessible way.

“We hope our production will show that Orwell’s novel contains much from which we can still learn.

“Not to be missed.”

Animal Farm will be performed at Selkirk’s Victoria Halls on Friday, October 20, and on Saturday, October 21 at the Wauchope Hall in Town Yetholm.

Both performances will begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 and £6 concessions and can be bought on the door or at: