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created by shake & stir theatre co

The creative powerhouse behind the smash-hit, critically-acclaimed productions Animal Farm1984Wuthering Heights and Draculareturn with a new Australian play.

Directed by Michael Futcher and featuring a cast of some of Queensland’s finest actors, Tequila Mockingbird visits themes of racial prejudice, the perversion of justice and the consequences of alcohol abuse, all in a uniquely Australian context.

After a woman is attacked in a remote Australian town, the racist underbelly rears its head as the community targets a young Indian Doctor who has recently relocated to the area. Only one local man possesses the strength to uncover the truth and defend the accused in the ultimate fight for what’s right but first, he must take care of other matters, a little closer to home.

Nominated for 6 2014 Matilda Awards and winning Best Mainstage Production – don’t miss this bold, brave new work examining a darker side of Australian culture lurking just below the surface.


2014 Matilda Award Winner
Best Mainstage Production – Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Winner
Gold Matilda Award – For creating Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Winner
Gold Matilda Award – Barbara Lowing for her performance in Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Winner
Gold Matilda Award – Jason Glenwright for his LX Design on Out Damn Snot, Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Nomination
Best New Australian Work – Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Nomination
Best Male Actor in a Leading Role – Bryan Probets in Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Nomination
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Ross Balbuziente in Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Nomination
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Barbara Lowing in Tequila Mockingbird

2014 Matilda Award Nomination
Best Emerging Artist – Shannon Haegler in Tequila Mockingbird


Writer Nelle Lee
Director Michael Futcher
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster

Featuring Ross Balbuziente, Shannon Haegler, Nelle Lee, Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij 

“OUTSTANDING production… has you laughing, gasping, sickened, outraged, uplifted and saddened by turns in a deeply moving night.” THE AUSTRALIAN

“Thought provoking, honest and an incredibly powerful piece of theatre. An opening night audience – was silenced to pin drop territory. Stunning. See it.” ABC BRISBANE

Tequila Mockingbird is the most powerful must-see, must-talk-about theatrical production of the year. Despite their humble claim (“shake & stir is one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies”), this team could surely be viewed now as the creme of the crop, creating new, urgent theatre with a focus on the way their results can be used in an educational setting.” XS ENTERTAINMENT

“It is going to sell out – the calibre of its acting may be the highlight of this production… It’s simply excellent across the board. Tequila Mockingbird is a finely constructed theatrical event with all the hallmarks of shake & stir’s ‘house’ style. …surely one of the most impressive and successful arts companies currently in operation in Queensland and, indeed, around Australia.” GREENROOM

“The entire cast had well-drawn characters and were extremely watchable. Given the current political atmosphere in Australia, this is a poignant and insightful play that is well worth seeing.”  AUSSIE THEATRE


2013 | QPAC Season

2016 | QLD Tour

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