The creative powerhouse behind the smash hit, sell out productions Animal Farm and 1984, return in 2013 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.
Don’t miss this bold, brave new work examining a darker side of Australian culture lurking just below the surface.
Written by: Nelle Lee
Director: Michael Futcher
Designer: Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer/Composer: Guy Webster
Featuring: Ross Balbuziente, Shannon Haegler, Nelle Lee, Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij
This production contains frequent, medium coarse language, simulated violence and adult themes.
Please note the Opening Night will be Thursday 22 August 7.30pm
Reviews from shake & stir theatre co's production of Tequila Mockingbird, Cremorne Theatre QPAC 2013
"OUTSTANDING production... has you laughing, gasping, sickened, outraged, uplifted and saddened by turns in a deeply moving night." The Australian
"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
"shake & Stir
do it again - a fifth consecutive popular hit!" Stage Whispers
"There is nothing to fault in any of the performances, nor in the design, context or text itself. Tequila Mockingbird
is indeed, "a new Australian play" in its best form, from our boldest, most confident young company." XS Entertainment
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. 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
"This is a flawless production, with flawless performances from the cast of five. In fact, I couldn't fault anything about it...." A Little Gossip, Alison Cotes
"Wonderful, wonderful production... Everyone gives 110% - I just loved it!" 612ABC Radio, Doug Kennedy
"1984 is a cracker -- intelligent and theatrically clever... This little jewel of a production confirms shake & stir's place in the commonwealth of national theatres." Actors Greenroom
"Fearless and flawless... I can honestly say I intend never to miss another show from shake & stir. Boasting an enviable collective skill set, this ensemble is superb." XS Entertainment
"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." Brisbane TimesReviews and Awards from shake & stir theatre co's production of Animal Farm, Cremorne Theatre QPAC 2011
Awarded Best Independent Play of 2011
(2012 Matilda Awards)
Awarded Best Direction of 2011
(2012 Matilda Awards)
Awarded Best Play of 2011
"Do whatever you can to get a ticket". The Courier-Mail
"shake & stir nailed it. Physical theatre at its best". Artshub
"A must see!" 612ABC Radio
"This is one of the best productions I have seen in Brisbane". Briztix
Left to right: Shannon Haegler, Ross Balbuziente, Bryan Probets, Nelle Lee, Barbara Lowing, Nick Skubij
Grade 10 - 12 audience.
This production contains frequent, medium coarse language, simulated violence, adult themes and alcoholic references.
90 mins + 10 min Q&A with cast
Contemporary Australian Theatre
Law & Politics
Expository: analytical exposition based on prevalent themes; critical review for a magazine/newspaper; panel discussion regarding characters' guilt/innocence.
Persuasive: lawyer's closing statement; argumentative essay; persuasive speech; discursive forum.
Reflective: personal narrative based on a theme presented on stage; writing in role; character testimonial, memoir.
Imaginative: thematic poetry; monologue; dramatic recreation of a chapter/theme/issue.
For drama students this play offers many possibilities: showing students how a text can be transformed for the stage; performance styles such as elements of Realism & Ensemble Theatre; set design; use of integrated A/V, lighting and sound design; use of space; manipulation of the elements of performance/drama.
Forming: Scriptwriting stimulus; directing styles; character development for improvisation; adaptation of text for performance.
Presenting: Scripted polished performance; student devised drama using themes from the play as a pre-text.
Responding: Responding to live theatre; critical review for a magazine/newspaper; analytical essay exploring the purpose of adapting text to stage; performance analysis oral.
This production comes with a comprehensive Teachers' Resource Kit & Dramatic Elements compiled by shake & stir's Education Manager, 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.
Download Teachers' Resource Kit
and Dramatic Elements
shake & stir theatre co and QPAC