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“Do whatever you can to get a ticket”

The Courier-Mail

Animal Farm, one of the most enduring political commentaries returns in a multi-award winning, critically-acclaimed theatre production. George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale allegorizes and satirizes 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, fueled 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 shake & stir and directed by Michael Futcher, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of the year.


Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and shake & stir theatre co

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2020 Season.

 Thanks to our 2020 partners



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“Do whatever you can to get a ticket”

The Courier-Mail

“A must see!”

ABC Brisbane

“One of the most raw pieces of theatre produced in this country in recent decades. Don’t miss your chance.”

Australia Stage

“shake & stir nailed it. Physical theatre at its best.”


“shake & stir’s production of George Orwell’s classic political allegory is a vigorously physical and impressive theatrical rendering.”

The Canberra Times

“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

Two course set pre show dining packages are available throughout the year on selected shows.

Dinner package includes a set main and dessert meal at $55.00 per person

Menu provided closer to the event

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Detailed Warnings for Teachers

Haze, smoke and strobe effects, loud music, ages 12+


Subject Links

Drama and Theatre Studies (Brecht)





Created by shake & stir, George Orwell’s intensely powerful fairy tale promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of the year.


Information for Educators

Orwell’s Animal Farm is a telling and prevocational look at power, deception and politics.

Students can:

ENJOY a contemporary and exciting theatrical adaptation of a classic novel.

ENGAGE in exploring connections to the current political climate and the links between the play and the governments around the world.

RESPOND to the performance style of the work and the embodiment of humans as animals. Discuss the effectiveness of the performances for the audience and the communication of the story.


Extension Opportunities

An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

There is a Post-Show Q&A after the performance.


Haze, smoke, strobe effects and loud music. Recommended for ages 12+.

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