Images: Stephen Henry
shake and stir are no strangers to Queensland theatre and, now that they've completed two national tours, are becoming familiar to audiences Australia-wide.
Last week I caught up with their latest production, a re-staging of their 2011, award-winning production of Animal Farm.
Adapted by Nick Skubij
from George Orwel
l's 1944 satirical novel about the horrors of totalitarianism under Stalin
and directed by Michael Futcher
, this production includes Nelle Lee
, Ross Balbuziente
, Tim Dashwood
, Bryan Probets
and Mr Skubij.
Toowoomba's gorgeous Empire Theatre was the 27th venue in what has been a 5-month national tour for the company and, as you might expect of a well-run in production, the full house of young and old (over 1300) on Thursday night was treated to a polished, tight as a drum performance by the ensemble. I've made no secret elsewhere of my love of theatricality in the service of great story-telling, and this production exemplifies it with economy and clarity. Continue reading Review: Animal Farm – shake and stir theatre company: Empire Theatre (Toowoomba)