In Shakers Re-Stirred we see the girls of Shakers cocktail bar, the newest, shiniest cocktail bar in town where, in spite of the glitz and glamour of the décor, the patrons, and the people who serve them, are none too happy at all.
In his introduction, Godber writes "The play was originally written at a time when old pubs were changing into cocktail bars almost overnight. It seems that fashion is changing so frequently that the cocktail bars have been replaced by theme pubs, which in turn are being re-fitted as coffee-houses. Essentially, however, the plight of the waitresses is the same, and it was a deliberate desire to attempt to draw the characters of the women with more detail that perhaps results in the pace being more realistic and much less nightmarish than its model. Nevertheless Shakers remains as much an exercise for actresses – asking for precision in role-playing and definition in characterisation – as Bouncers does."
Shakers was first presented by Hull Truck Theatre Company at the Spring Street Theatre, Hull, on 29 January 1984; the revised version given here, Shakers Restirred, was first presented by the Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1991.