A small town. A tight-knit, AFL-mad community. Three friends on the verge of adult life with big dreams for the future. But what comes next when one is lost to suicide? Less a story about loss than it is a story about embracing life, Man With The Iron Neck is an acclaimed story of survival by Australia’s premier physical theatre company, Legs On The Wall.
When Ash loses his best friend Bear, he becomes obsessed with early- 20th-century stunt man The Great Peters – aka ‘The Man With The Iron Neck’ – whose most famous stunt saw him jump off bridges with a rope tied around his neck, and survive. The Great Peters embodied both life and death, but in the end what he promises is impossible: you can’t leap to your death without dying.
Told with poignancy, love and humour, Legs On The Wall’s unique aerial performance skills are interwoven with text and ambitious video and set design to tell this affecting new Australian story, based on an original work by Josh Bond, and co-commissioned by the 2019 Adelaide Festival. Playwright Ursula Yovich and Co-Directors Josh Bond and Gavin Robins, three of Australia’s most treasured theatre-makers, are joined by a stellar creative and performance team for a work described by The Australian in its 2018 premiere as ‘visually stunning as it is deeply moving’.
Man With The Iron Neck is an unmissable story of family and a thrilling new era for Australian physical theatre.
One of the most significant new works of theatre in this past decade.
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Gripping, confronting and moving physical theatre at its best.
Event additional information
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Commissioned by Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Darwin Festival. Creative development supported by The Balnaves Foundation. Generously supported by Maureen Ritchie.
Co-Director and Original Concept Josh Bond Co-Director Gavin Robins Writer Ursula Yovich
Co-Composer Iain Grandage Co-Composer Steve Francis Sound Design Michael Toisuta & Jed Silver Set Designer Joey Ruigrok Lighting Designer Matt Marshall Costume Designer Emma Vine Video Designer Sam James Dramaturg Steve Rodgers Cultural Consultant & Dramaturgical input Jane Harrison Cultural Consultant & Community engagement David Cole
Senior Creative Producer Cecily Hardy Associate Producer Sophia Marinos Legs Artistic Director Joshua Thomson
Production Manager Mark Haslam Head Rigger Andrew Bright Stage Manager/ Rigger support Anna Pidgeon Assistant Rigger/ Swing Rigger Chad Albinger
Special Thanks Kath Melbourne, Patrick Nolan, Lily Shearer
Teachers resources for the show can be found here (PDF 6.2MB)