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shake & stir theatre company


Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 01 April - 02 April 2014




Strap yourself in for this terrifically disturbing theatrical event 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 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.

Arguably one of the most influential novels of all time, 1984 not only enriched our language with the adjective Orwellian, it also contributed the concepts of thought police, Big Brother, Newspeak, thought crime, unperson and doublethink, the title itself has become a metaphore for a distopian society. While the year 1984 has long passed, the legacy of Orwell’s disturbing vision continues to become more and more relevant in today’s interconnected world.

ADAPTOR: Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij
DIRECTOR: Michael Fulcher
DESIGNER: Josh McIntosh
MEDIA PRODUCERS: optikal bloc
STARRING: Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, David Whitney, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij


From the Education Coordinator…
Long before ‘Big Brother’ was a TV show, George Orwell wrote a ground-breaking, extremely profound, ahead-of-his time book. This theatrical version of 1984 is modern, edgy, stunning in it’s visual design and provides a great way to show your students how eerily relevant classic literature can be. This is a particularly good production for English students studying the text as well as for Entertainment and Drama students studying elements of production due to its clever use of technical elements.


PLEASE NOTE: 1984 will be using live rats. The company are very aware of the protocol of traveling and performing with live animals. The company have two nominated rat wranglers who have been specifically trained in the handling and care of the rats for the duration of the tour. The rats are all vet checked and the company will be travelling with all the relevant paper work.  

Dates & Times:
11:00am, Tuesday 1 April
11:00am, Wednesday 2 April
Evening performances also available, please contact the Education Coordinator on 8839 3308 for more information.

Student/Additional Teacher $25*
*Transaction fees may apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail: education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to 1984, below:

1984 – Curriculum Links

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