Big brother is back
  • Tuesday 14 January 2014

The multi-award winning team from shake & stir theatre company are back in 2014 at Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre on Tuesday 11 March at 7pm, with their spine tingling adaption of George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984.

Following the roaring success of ‘Animal Farm’ which collected over 15 theatre awards shake & stir theatre company Artistic Director Ross Balbuziente said 1984 was a step in the right direction for the company, and would be just as thought provoking and appealing to audiences of all ages.

1984 is set in 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 radical political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive regime set down by the party and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life.

When Winston and Julia are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for conversion. Locked in the Ministry of Love and interrogated. Winston is tortured in an attempt to make him reject dreams of liberation and understand that free thought and logic is the only true enemy.

This brand new stage adaptation brings George Orwell's final novel screaming into the present, against a dynamic digital backdrop.

Cost to attend is $42 for adults, $35 for concessions and groups of eight or more, $32 for SCvip Members and $25 for people under 26 years. Bookings are essential and tickets can be purchased in advance at, at the Lake Kawana Community Centre Box Office located at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina or by calling 5413 1400.


“To borrow from Newspeak, “doubleplusgood” doesn't quite do 1984 justice. Can Big Brother approve us going up to “tripleplusgood”?” The Courier-Mail

“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