Animal Farm

by George Orwell
created by shake & stir theatre co

Make Animal Farm Great Again, Again… George Orwell’s powerfully potent and profoundly popular allegory returns in a multi-award winning theatre production – served fast, furious and full of grunt.

Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The animals have overthrown their human masters and assumed control of the farm. Led by the charismatic porker Napoleon and fueled by enthusiastic camaraderie, a prosperous future free from the self-serving greed of humans is theirs for the taking. However, it is not long until the principles that promised equality become the shackles that bind the animals once again.

All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.

Created by critically-acclaimed shake & stir theatre co, Animal Farm will be one of the most blisteringly relevant, fiercely physical and wickedly funny theatre events of 2021.

After being put out to pasture for much of 2020, live theatre is back – and more essential than ever.


7-26 JUNE 2021


Adaptor Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster

Featuring Darcy Brown, Nelle Lee, Jackson McGovern, Gideon Mzembe, Steven Rooke



GRADES | 9-12
Simulated violence. The production will feature strobe, smoke and haze effects.

Drama Subject Connections
Animal Farm is a perfect choice for Unit 3: Challenge – it is Political Theatre with a strong didactic message. Students will be able to unpack the conventions above and apply one of these to their own project. Appropriate for Years 9 – 12, it also provides other grades an accessible introduction to the conventions studied across multiple units of work. Through shake & stir’s unique approach to story-telling, your students will witness an award-winning performance of Political and Ensemble Theatre, deepening their understanding of stage-craft and performance skills.

English Subject Connections
shake & stir theatre co’s adaptations are punchy, impressive and aim to push boundaries for students. This award-winning stage adaptation of Animal Farm will extend students’ understanding of the novel or provide an example of Contemporary Political Theatre with no prior knowledge necessary. Students can compare and contrast the text and play, exploring the themes and issues presented for a new, modern audience.

Tickets – School Groups 10+
Student Tickets $32 (1 Free teacher per 12 students)

Curriculum Connections
Political Theatre
Epic Theatre
Physical Theatre
Transformation of classic text
Novel Study / Text Analysis
Ensemble Theatre

Direct Address
Multiple Roles
Stylised Movement
Use of Song




4 June | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba | Tickets

7-26 June | Cremorne Theatre, QPAC | Tickets

12 Oct | Darwin Entertainment Centre | Tickets

16 Oct | Mount Isa Civic Centre

21 Oct | Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Bundaberg 

23 Oct | Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, Maryborough

27 Oct | Cairns Performing Arts Centre

30 Oct | Townsville Civic Theatre

2 Nov | Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

6 Nov | The Events Centre, Caloundra

9 Nov | Ipswich Civic Centre


27 Aug | Frankston Arts Centre | Tickets

31 Aug | West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul

2 Sept | The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sale | Tickets

4 Sept | Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool

14 Sept | Burrinja Theatre, Upwey

16 Sept | Riverlinks, Shepparton

17 Sept | Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo | Tickets



23 April | Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre | Tickets

28 April – 2 May | Glen Street Theatre | Tickets

12 May | Newcastle Civic Theatre | Tickets

20 May | Orange Civic Theatre | Tickets

22 May | Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre | Tickets

24 May | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | Tickets

26 May | Griffith Regional Theatre | Tickets

28 May | Mildura Arts Centre | Tickets

2 June | Glasshouse Port Macquarie | Tickets

12 Nov | Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree

17-18 Nov | NORPA Lismore


6-9 May | Canberra Theatre Centre | Tickets


19-21 Aug | Theatre Royal Hobart | Tickets

“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