Brisbane’s shake & stir theatre co will round their 10th anniversary season with the return of their award-winning play, Tequila Mockingbird.
Directed by Michael Futcher, the revival will feature the original cast, including Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets, Nelle Lee, Nick Skubij, Ross Balbuziente and Shannon Haegler.
Exploring themes of racial prejudice, the perversion of justice and the consequences of alcohol abuse, in a uniquely Australian context, Tequila Mockingbird was nominated for six Matilda Awards when it debuted in 2014, winning three coveted Gold Matilda Awards.
The story begins when a woman is attacked in a remote Australian, and the community’s suspicion falls upon a young Indian doctor who has recently relocated to the area. One local man tries to uncover the truth and defend the accused in the ultimate fight for what’s right — but first, he has to clean up his own backyard.
Ross Balbuziente, shake & stir’s artistic director, says Tequila Mockingbird is just as timely now as it was when it debuted.
“Tequila Mockingbird has been a cherished production for shake & stir since 2013; it commenced a dialogue with our audiences surrounding racial issues and we want it to be seen by more Australians and, given the terrifying recent increase in atrocities fuelled by discrimination, it’s more important than ever,” he says.
Tequila Mockingbird will play at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from 5 to 15 October. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au.
Following its season at QPAC, Tequila Mockingbird will tour Ipswich, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Yeppoon, Maryborough, Mackay and Townsville. For more info, visit shakeandstir.com.au/tequila-mockingbird/.