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Animal Farm
by George Orwell
created & adapted by shake & stir theatre co

Animal Farm, one of the most controversial and studied political commentaries returns to Brisbane in a multi-award winning, physical theatre production. Playing for a strictly limited season, George Orwell’s simple yet intensely powerful fairy tale illustrates with stunning clarity and grotesque beauty how greed and power corrupts and with devastating consequences, can change the course of history.

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and under the principles of Animalism a better life free from human service is promised to all. Guided by a simple set of rules and an unrelenting respect for authority, it is not long until the rules that promised freedom become the chains that bind the animals once again.

Directed by Michael Futcher and realised by shake & stir and a cast of Queensland’s most dynamic actors, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2013. Pig in now to avoid disappointment.


Adaptor Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster
Featuring: Ross Balbuziente, Tim Dashwood, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets & Nick Skubij 

“One of the most raw and essential pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades… Don’t miss your chance.” Australian Stage

“shake & stir’s production of George Orwell’s classic political allegory is a vigorously physical and impressive theatrical rendering. This is a work for any admirer of Orwell or anyone appreciative of good theatre in which a great story is told by people of real talent.”
The Canberra Times

“A first-rate production of physical story-telling at its best. With this production shake & stir confirm themselves as some of the leading exponents of physical theatre… Brings Orwell’s terrible fairytale to the stage with style, wit and skill. Don’t miss it.”

“It couldn’t have been much better: a contemporary theatre piece based on brilliant literature, an inventive interpretation, actors with verve and flexibility and canny direction … and an opening thirty seconds that sat us all forward on our seats.”
Tamworth Country Life

“From the opening scene, shake & stir’s version of this infamous story snatches your attention and keeps a firm grasp until the horrifying conclusion.”
The Barefoot Review – Canberra

“Do whatever you can to get a ticket”
The Courier-Mail

“shake & stir nailed it. Physical theatre at its best”

“A must see!” 612ABC Radio

“This is one of the best productions I have seen in Brisbane” Briztix




Brisbane | Cremorne Theatre QPAC 23 August – 2 September 2011
Brisbane | Cremorne Theatre QPAC 15 May – 25 May 2013
National Tour February –  August 2013



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