We are beyond disappointed to announce that the 2020 national tour of ANIMAL FARM, including the return season at QPAC, cannot proceed as planned.

 These are unprecedented and unusual times and we are all experiencing the unfortunate fallout from COVID-19. Although at this stage we are unable to confirm any future touring dates, we are working hard with our partners at arTour Queensland to ensure the production will tour Australia as soon as possible. Due to the amazing support of our venue partners and audiences, nation-wide – we are confident that this will be sooner rather than later.

To our 34 presenting venues – thank you for your continual support and our hearts are with you and your beautiful communities during this time. Working with you has become a highlight of our year and it is indeed strange to not be visiting you as planned.

To our audiences young and old – thank you for your love and messages of support; this is not a goodbye but a see you soon.

Until then, please stay safe.
Best wishes.

Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij
Artistic Directors

Animal Farm

by George Orwell
created by shake & stir theatre co

Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes communist governments while illustrating with stunning simplicity how greed and power corrupts with devastating consequences to all who yield.

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and all the animals, fueled by enthusiastic camaraderie and guided by a set of self-imposed rules, are promised a better life free from the self-serving greed of humans. However, it is not long until the rules that promised equality and freedom become the shackles that bind the animals once again.

Created by shake & stir and Directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.



Adaptor Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher

Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster



Ross Balbuziente, Ellen Bailey, Darcy Brown,

Tim Dashwood, Nick Skubij



28 April 2020 | Ipswich Civic Centre | BOOK NOW

1 May 2020 | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba | BOOK NOW

30 May 2020 | Cairns Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

4 June 2020 | Mackay Entertainment Centre | BOOK NOW

6 June 2020 | Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg | BOOK NOW

9-27 June 2020 | Cremorne Theatre, QPAC | BOOK NOW


26-27 May 2020 | Darwin Entertainment Centre | BOOK NOW


5-6 May 2020 | NORPA, Lismore | BOOK NOW

15 August 2020 | Griffith Regional Theatre | BOOK NOW 

17-18 August 2020 | Bathurst Entertainment & Memorial Centre | BOOK NOW 

25 August 2020 | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre | BOOK NOW 

28 August 2020 | Orange Civic Theatre | BOOK NOW 

29 August 2020 | Dubbo Regional Thaetre & Convention Centre | BOOK NOW 

1-2 September 2020 | Laycock St Theatre, Gosford | BOOK NOW 

4 September 2020 | Newcastle Civic Theatre | BOOK NOW 

5 September 2020 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW 

8 September 2020 |Glasshouse, Port Macquarie | BOOK NOW 


20-22 August 2020 | Canberra Theatre Centre | BOOK NOW 


11 May 2020 | Esperance Civic Centre | BOOK NOW

13 May 2020 | Albany Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

15 May 2020 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

21 May 2020 | Queen’s Park Theatre, Geraldton | BOOK NOW

23 May 2020 | Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha


14 July 2020 | Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo | BOOK NOW 

16 July 2020 | West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul

17 July 2020 | Frankston Arts Centre | BOOK NOW 

18 July 2020 | Burrinja, Upwey | BOOK NOW 

21 July 2020 | The Wedge, Sale

5 August 2020 | Hamilton Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW 

7-8 August 2020 | Geelong Arts Centre | BOOK NOW 

13 August 2020 | Mildura Arts Centre


23 July 2020 | Paranaple Arts Centre, Devonport | BOOK NOW 

27 July 2020 | Princess Theatre, Launceston | BOOK NOW 

30 July – 1 August 2020 | Theatre Royal, Hobart | BOOK NOW 


“Do whatever you can to get a ticket”

The Courier Mail

“A must see!” 

612abc radio

“One of the most raw 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

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

Barefoot reviewer – Canberra

“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