Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co

Think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show, taking the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranging them with some surprising and hilarious twists. Frighteningly funny and seriously silly, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts is the perfect family entertainment – for children 5 to 105. It delights and disgusts in equal measures.

Don’t miss this multi-Helpmann Award nominated production penned by the world’s number one storyteller and from the team that brought you George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Visit the Official Roald Dahl Website, which is packed with information and up to date news from the World of Roald Dahl,
by clicking through to www.roalddahl.com


2016 Helpmann Award nomination – Best Presentation for Children
2016 Helpmann Award nomination – Best Regional Touring Production
2016 APACA Drover Award nomination – Best National Tour


Director Ross Balbuziente
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster

Orginally co-produced with La Boite Theatre Company

“Dahl delights and revolts. A treat for mums, dads and the littlies… the audience lapped it up… It’s old fashioned storytelling that stays true to the spirit of Dahl and it inspires us to rediscover his work.”

The Courier-Mail

“There is nothing better than hearing a theatre full of children laughing. Wait! Yes there is. It’s a theatre full of adults and children all laughing together at the same things. And that is precisely what you get. The show is slick, silly, clever and funny – and the pace never stops for a minute. Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts is so much more than just perfect school holiday entertainment – it is pure entertainment!”

Stage Whispers

“It seemed unlikely that shake & stir could make a slicker, funnier show than Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts but that’s exactly what they’ve done. The team has cranked up the pace and polished every aspect until this production sparkles even more brilliantly than before.”

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XS Entertainment

“Leon Cain, Judy Hainsworth, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij put on flawlessly funny and physically demanding performances…Beautifully gratifying, clever stuff.”

Weekend Notes

“I cannot rave enough about this stage show. The direction, the actors, the production elements all come together seamlessly to create one of the best family friendly shows we have kid tested.”

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Alphabet Street

Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts will enthral young and old. You’ll laugh, squirm, delight, smile and thoroughly enjoy the smorgasbord of Dahl’s terrific and twisted tales that have been lovingly adapted for the stage.”

Australian Stage Online

“A fabulously fun romp by shake & stir… It has turned out to be one of the acclaimed Brisbane outfit’s biggest hits. And they’ve had a few. Today it was my guilty pleasure to sit in the darkness for an hour and escape into Dahl’s delightfully sick mind. I loved that. So will you. An absolute hoot.”

The Courier Mail

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Clever, provocative and incredibly witty… brilliant.”

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“Everyone was immersed. Young, old and those in between all joined in the revelry as chuckles, snorts, howls, whoops and bellows of laughter filled the theatre. shake & stir theatre co really have done it again and this performance is NOT TO BE MISSED.”

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Australian Stage Online

“Well, I really have to say that shake & stir blew me away. They’re the perfect lot to take on Roald Dahl. They’re clever, so witty and and will have you in stitches.”

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Canberra Critics Circle



24 July – 28 July 2019 | Roundhouse Theatre, Brisbane| BOOK NOW

24-25 June 2019 | Newcastle Civic Theatre | BOOK NOW

28 June 2019 | Manning Entertainment Centre | BOOK NOW

12-15 17-21 July 2019 | Sydney Opera House | BOOK NOW

18-21 September 2019 | Seymour Centre, Darlington | BOOK NOW

25 September 2019 | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre | BOOK NOW

27-28 September 2019 | Laycock Street Theatre Auditorium Gosford | BOOK NOW

1-2 October 2019 | Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

4-5 October 2019 | Illawarra Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

7-9 October 2019 | Glen Street Theatre, Belrose | BOOK NOW

20 August 2019  | West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul

22 August 2019 | Frankston Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

24 August 2019 | Wyndham Cultural Centre

11 September 2019 | Mildura Arts Centre

3-6 July 2019 | Canberra Theatre Centre | BOOK NOW

3 August 2019 | Albany Entertainment Centre | BOOK NOW

6-7 August 2019 | Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton | BOOK NOW

10-11 August 2019 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | BOOK NOW

13-16 August 2019 | State Theatre, Perth | BOOK NOW

27 August 2019 | Princess Theatre Launceston | BOOK NOW

29-30 August 2019 | Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre Tasmania

2-4 September 2019 | Theatre Royal Hobart | BOOK NOW

13-14 September 2019 | Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincon | BOOK NOW

AUCKLAND (New Zealand)
21-23 December 2019 | Bruce Mason Centre | BOOK NOW






Fairy-tales, Poetry


Design Elements


Children’s Theatre

Ensemble Theatre

Magical Realism

Set Design



Critical & Creative Thinking

Personal & Social Capability

Ethical Understanding


Through shake & stir’s unique approach to storytelling your students will experience a performance of Children’s Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and Magical Realism helping to deepen their understanding and providing an excellent example of how Roald Dahl’s texts can be transformed for the stage. With striking & transformative revolving set, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of the elements of performance/drama, this production promises to engage and inspire your students.

COMPREHENSIVE TEACHER’S RESOURCE KIT with pre and post classroom activities, compiled by shake & stir’s Education Manager Naomi Russell is available for all school bookings.