INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19
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.
Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij
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”
“A must see!”
“One of the most raw pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades… Don’t miss your chance.”
“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.”
“From the opening scene, shake & stir’s version of this infamous story snatches your attention and keeps a firm grasp until the horrifying conclusion.”
“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.”