shake & stir’s multi-award winning production of George Orwell’s Animal Farm returns to Brisbane in 2020, more relevant than ever.

Orwell’s deceptively simple yet intensely powerful fairy tale allegorises and satirises 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, fuelled 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 renowned shake & stir theatre co (A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, Dracula) and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2020.

Do whatever you can to get a ticket. The Courier-Mail
One of the most raw pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades … Don’t miss your chance. Australian Stage
shake & stir nailed it. Physical Theatre at its best. ArtsHub
A must see! ABC Brisbane

Awards include:
PAC Australia’s Drover Awards – National Tour of the Year
Matilda Awards – Best Independent Production
Matilda Awards – Best Director
Matilda Awards – Best Design
The Courier-Mail – Best Play of the Year

shake & stir theatre co and QPAC present
Animal Farm
by George Orwell
created by shake & stir theatre co

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

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FOR TEACHERS

  • FOR TEACHERS

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

    Curriculum Connections

    Political Theatre
    Epic Theatre
    Physical Theatre
    Transformation of class text
    Novel Study / Text Analysis
    Ensemble Theatre

    Conventions
    Satire
    Direct Address
    Historification
    Multiple Roles
    Intertextuality
    Didacticism

    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.