by Samuel Beckett

Sometimes the arrival of death isn’t the tragedy.

Sometimes, the tragedy is that death doesn't arrive quickly enough.

So is the case for Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell, four lost souls contemplating the inevitable arrival of their end. Isolated in a non-descript room, each reflects on their life’s journey as they grapple to find meaning in meaningless world. Amidst the darkness comes unexpected moments of sheer joy, poignantly reminding us of Beckett’s ridiculously accurate observations of the resilience and mortality of the human condition.

Endgame paints a tragically comic portrait of lives lived, loathed and lost; hoping for answers in a world without hope.

shake & stir theatre co’s award-winning creative team, led by Director Michael Futcher (Dracula, 1984, Animal Farm, Tequila Mockingbird), are joined by some of Queensland’s most accomplished actors to serve up this deliciously dark comedy guaranteed to have you in stitches while simultaneously gasping at the possibilities of what lies at the end of the road.

★★★★★ “Endgame is a flawless play and a flawless production – I urge everyone to see it.” Daily Review
★★★★½ “A first rate production of a classic work.” ArtsHub
“Regardless of whether you’re an absurdist expert or simply up to try new things Endgame captures the essence of the theatrical era mischievously, grimly and superbly.” AU Review

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

Featuring: Leon Cain, Robert Coleby, Jennifer Flowers, John McNeill

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Pricing Guide

Admission Adult $60 Concession^ $50 Youth^^ $35
Admission i Admission $25 per student (1 TEACHER FREE OF CHARGE PER 10 STUDENTS)
Make a schools group booking

^Pensioners, Seniors, Full-time Students

^^Under 26 years old


  • Teachers

    Suitability: Grade 9 - 12 audience.

    Duration: 90 mins + 10 min Q&A with cast following 10am and 6.30pm performances.

    • Theatre of the Absurd
    • Transformation of a classic text
    • Ensemble Theatre
    • Post Modernism
    • Black Comedy

    • Existentialism
    • Meaning of Life
    • Hope in a lost world
    • Loneliness & Emptiness
    • Light vs Dark


    shake & stir theatre co's productions are punchy, impressive and aim to push boundaries for students. Endgame will deepen students' understanding of the play text, presenting Beckett’s work on stage allowing them compare and contrast the written text and live presentation, exploring the existential themes and issues and how they relate to a modern day audience.

    Endgame is a classic Theatre of the Absurd text, providing an excellent example of how a text can be staged in a simple, but highly effective way. Bringing together shake & stir's unique approach to storytelling with Michael Futcher’s detailed direction, your students will witness a performance that will no doubt unlock elements of Absurdism, Ensemble Theatre & Postmodernism. With striking set design, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of the elements of performance/drama, this production promises to engage and inspire your students.

    This production comes with a comprehensive Teachers' Resource Kit & Dramatic Elements compiled by shake & stir's Education Manager, Naomi Russell. The kit will be available to download a month before the production and includes curriculum connections, pre and post show class discussions and activities and extra insight into the production specifically for teachers and students. For further information, please email naomi@shakeandstir.com.au


Robert Coleby

Leon Cain

Jennifer Flowers

John McNeill


"Serious theatre with a touch of hilarity" By The Courier-Mail

"There are moments in shake & stir's Endgame when you don't know whether to laugh or cry. It's a testament to the mastery of British playwright Samuel Beckett that we feel so conflicted." ... "Robert Coleby is a revelation as Hamm. He's cantankerous one moment, imploring the next, calling on God for help and cursing his existence while occasionally cuddling a pathetically ragged tiny pooch. Coleby is a veteran actor who transforms himself into a curmudgeon with great skill." ... "This is serious theatre for those who like to ponder big questions but it's also absurd enough to be hilarious at times. Director Michael Futcher is a master himself and he has done a wonderful job."

"Endgame" By Stage Whispers

"If you are one of the lucky audience members who gets a chance to witness this production, it is one of the best homages to the Beckettian name." ... "The majority of the play follows the scattered dialogue between Hamm, portrayed with an intense brilliance by Robert Coleby, and Clov, played perfectly by Leon Cain. Hamm's parents, Nagg (John McNeill) and Nell (Jennifer Flowers), portrayed a beautiful non-physical love that could be felt by the back row."

"Endgame: Making Beckett entertaining" By Absolute Theatre

"I have to hand it to shake & stir and Michael Futcher, plus an exemplary cast (a formidable quartet of talent); they made Beckett entertaining for me. The production team of designer Josh McIntosh, lighting designer Jason Glenwright and sound man Guy Webster provided yet another brilliant backdrop to a show."