Theatre Australia

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre

Sensuous, ambiguous ... it’s a masterpiece.

The Australian on Lady Eats Apple
Five activists with intellectual disabilities stage a public meeting. Their goal: a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know and a future fast veering out of our control.

The ethics of mass food production, human rights, the social impact of automation  and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence are here deftly woven into a compelling narrative that probes the unstable foundations upon which contemporary society is built. A theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, misreadings, misleadings and misunderstanding, it is an unflinching reminder that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us are responsible.

Geelong-based Back to Back Theatre’s long association with the Festival includes 2016’s Lady Eats Apple, 2005’s small metal objects and the game-changing 2011 masterpiece Ganesh Versus the Third Reich. We’re thrilled to see what this world-leading company has in store with its latest creation.

Post-show Q&A

Fri 11 October

Stay after the show for a free Q&A with the creatives.

Post-show conversation

Thu 17 October

Stay after the show for a free conversation session with the creatives and Human Rights Watch.

Warnings: Contains adult concepts and frequent coarse language
PHOTO | Jeff Busby

A vital sense-sharpening tonic for theatregoers who feel they’ve seen it all.

The New York Times on Ganesh Versus the Third Reich
Director
Bruce Gladwin
Performers
Scott Price
Sarah Mainwaring
Simon Laherty
Mark Deans
Michael Chan
Writers
Scott Price
Sarah Mainwaring
Simon Laherty
Mark Deans
Sonia Teuben
Michael Chan
Bruce Gladwin
Screen Designer
Rhian Hinkley
Lighting Designer
Andrew Livingston
Sound Designer
Lachlan Carrick
Script Consultant
Melissa Reeves
Production Manager
Bao Ngouansavanh
Senior Producer
Ally Harvey
Executive Producer
Alice Nash
Creative Development Artists
Andrew Livingston
Brian Tilley
Bruce Gladwin
Mark Cuthbertson
Mark Deans
Rhian Hinkley
Pippin Latham
Sarah Mainwaring
Scott Price
Simon Laherty
Sonia Teuben
Michael Chan
Victoria Marshall

Partners

     

  • AusCo
  •  CV
  • In conversation co-presented with
  • Human Rights Watch

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes has been co-commissioned by Carriageworks, the Keir Foundation, the Thyne Reid Foundation and The Anthony Costa Foundation, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, with development support from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater, New York City and ArtsEmerson, Boston. The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA. Special thanks to Human Rights Watch and Sofitel Melbourne On Collins for the 2019 Melbourne season. Back to Back Theatre is part funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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