by George Orwell
created & adapted by shake & stir theatre co
Big Brother is back.
The sold-out production that stunned audiences in 2012 returns in 2014 following a five-month national tour. Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event directed by Michael Futcher
set against a towering wall of plasma screens.
Oceania; a Nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the current political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with a mysterious woman in an attempt to rebel against Big Brother's oppressive regime and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life.
When Winston and his love are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for reintegration back into society. But can human nature truly be changed?
From the team that brought you Animal Farm
, this new adaptation brings George Orwell's
final novel screaming into the present.
Adaptors Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij
Director Michael Futcher
Designer Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer Guy Webster
Media Producers optikal bloc
Featuring: Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij & David Whitney
Calling all high school students! Register for shake & stir's December Holiday Workshop to dramatically improve your performing skills before you see them in 1984 this July.
Reviews from shake & stir theatre co's production of 1984, Cremorne Theatre QPAC 2012
"It's a triumphant return to QPAC for energised young theatremakers Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, following the roaring success of last year's Animal Farm by returning to the wellspring of Orwell.
"The team who wove their magic on Animal Farm have reunited, anchored by director Michael Futcher, whose attention to every detail would, one imagines, make him one hell of a plate-spinner.
"It all points to another victory for a young company who give so much back to the theatre community, and work towards bringing theatre to the regions and into schools. Their adaptations of classic texts are done with innovation, soul and meticulous care.
"To borrow from Newspeak, "doubleplusgood" doesn't quite do 1984 justice. Can Big Brother approve us going up to "tripleplusgood"?" The Courier-Mail
"Wonderful, wonderful production... Everyone gives 110% - I just loved it!" 612ABC Radio, Doug Kennedy
"This is a flawless production, with flawless performances from the cast of five. In fact, I couldn't fault anything about it, and the fact that I was almost physically sick with tension and terror says as much about Michael Futcher and his cast as it does about the power of George Orwell to chill us to the bone." A Little Gossip, Allison Coates
"shake & stir have done a stunning job realizing this work for the stage... This show gets into your head... This is Brisbane's theatre at its finest." Theatre People
"shake & stir's ability to bring classic, world changing literature to the main stage is double-plus awesome. It's rare to see a book adaptation that feels whole and complete in its own right." Aussie Theatre
"There's a fine pedigree of proven experience and youthful vigour in this cast which promises much and delivers on cue. Probets is arresting and brave as Winston Smith... arguably the best single performance of the year!" Brisbane Times
by George OrwellStory Drama/Telling
adapted by shake & stir theatre co
Suitable for a Grade 8 to 12 audience
Duration: 90 min + 10 min Q&A with cast
Contemporary Performance of Heritage Text
Poverty vs Wealth
1984 offers many possibilities - live performance, a Heritage text adapted into a contemporary style, multimedia and physical performance and a range of theatrical mediums. From a Year 8 student who is experiencing and learning about a live performance for the first time to a well seasoned Senior Drama student who is critiquing the performance for a Responding Task, this is a must see for your students.
1984 is a well used and loved text in the English Curriculum in Queensland and Australia. The complex narrative and development of characters will be explored in a user friendly and engaging way, making the breakdown easier for students. The contemporary nature of the performance styles used will give your students the edge in understanding one of the most relevant texts for our times.
Forming: Scriptwriting stimulus, directing styles, character development for improvisation or scripted Drama, adaptation of text to performance.
Performing: Performance styles, the role of the actor.
Responding: Responding to live theatre, exploring the purpose of theatre.
This production comes with a comprehensive Teachers Resource Kit compiled by shake & stir theatre co's Education Liaison, Naomi Russell. The kit includes curriculum connections, pre and post show class discussions and activities and extra insight into the production specifically for teachers and students.
shake & stir's QPAC Dec Holiday Workshop
Returning for the fourth consecutive year, shake & stir's December Holiday Workshop
is getting ready to take over QPAC once again.
In 2013, we have assembled the largest team of professional mentors including the Artistic Directors Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee
and Nick Skubij
and a shake & stir all-star line up including: Leon Cain
(Out Damn Snot
), Barbara Lowing
), Tim Dashwood
), optikal bloc (1984)
, Judy Hainsworth
) and Johnny Balbuziente, Matthew Walsh
(shake & stir's in-school productions). The team will also be joined by special guest artists from across the industry throughout the week.
Be granted an exclusive backstage pass to QPAC and dramatically improve your performing skills by participating in a series of master classes in a myriad of different styles facilitated by those at the top of their game.
On offer in 2013: Theatresports & Improvisation, Musical Theatre, Film & TV, Shakespeare, Verbatim Theatre, Greek Theatre, Physical Theatre, Script Work, Stage Combat, Auditions/Castings, TV Presenting
and heaps more.
The workshop will culminate in a high-octane showcase production featuring all participants live on stage at the Cremorne Theatre.
Grades 8 - 12
16 - 21 December 2013
Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm // Sat 9am - 7.30pm // Showcase 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
07 3358 6025 // Places are strictly limited More info
shake & stir theatre co and QPAC