The award-winning Australian play created by shake & stir theatre co returns in 2016!

The original cast reunite under the direction of Michael Futcher (Endgame, Dracula, 1984, Animal Farm) to deliver this critically-acclaimed production that packs a serious punch. 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.

Nominated for six 2014 Matilda Awards and winning Best Mainstage Production – don’t miss this bold, brave work examining a darker side of Australian culture lurking just below the surface.

"Outstanding production" The Australian

Featuring Ross Balbuziente, Shannon Haegler, Nelle Lee, Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij

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Presented by QPAC and shake & stir theatre co

Pricing Guide

Thu, Fri, Sat 7:30pm Adult $60 Concession^ $50 Youth^^ $35
Sat 2pm ADMISSION $30
Schools Group i Admission $25 per student (1 TEACHER FREE OF CHARGE PER 10 STUDENTS)
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^Pensioners, Seniors, Full-time Students

^^Under 26 years old


  • Education

    Suitability: Grade 10 - 12 audience. Medium level coarse language, sexual themes, simulated violence and alcohol references.
    Duration: 85 mins + 10 min Q&A with cast

    Bringing together shake & stir's unique approach to storytelling with Michael Futcher’s detailed direction, your students will engage with an award winning performance of Realism & Contemporary Australian Theatre. With striking set design, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of the elements of performance/drama, this production promises to absorb and inspire your students.

    Curriculum Connections

    - Contemporary Australian Theatre
    - Realism
    - Comparative Novel Study
    - Ensemble Theatre
    - Gender Representations
    - Political Theatre

    Themes & Issues

    - Racism / Discriminations
    - Power & Corruption
    - Guilt vs Innocence
    - Injustice / Prejudice
    - Law & Politics
    - Gender roles
    - Violence

    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, dramatic elements, pre and post show class activities and extra insight into the production specifically for teachers and students. For more information please email

Media Reviews

"OUTSTANDING production … has you laughing, gasping, sickened, outraged, uplifted and saddened by turns in a deeply moving night" By 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." By Greenroom

"shake & stir do it again – a fifth consecutive popular hit!" By Stage Whispers