At last Adelaide audiences can be a part of this ingenious piece that festival-goers around the world have savoured for over a decade.
It’s street-theatre-but-not-as-we-know-it in which the performers are disguised threads in the very real tapestry of a busy city thoroughfare and we, be-headphoned on raked seating, are the ones on display to be ignored or gawked at by passers-by. Via our ears though, the familiar urban scene becomes a movie replete with evocative score, and its cast of thousands is quickly narrowed down to four protagonists. Locating them isn’t easy, and it’s part of the game, but their story is as surprising and compelling as any thriller.
In an oddly low-key way it is highly exhilarating, as well as being fall-off-your-chair funny.
Back to Back Theatre is driven by an ensemble of actors who, by virtue of their ‘disability’, sit at the margins of conventional educational, family, and economic apparatus, and are therefore idiosyncratic and singular commentators on institutions we take for granted. Here the company considers how a person’s worth in society is defined by their productivity.
Turns the notion of theatre and the everyday inside out. It is a pure, open-hearted, complex and breathtaking production and a unique meditation on human worth.
Sydney Morning Herald
It’s a theme very familiar to these performers and even timelier in 2021 than it was at its premiere in 2005. Set against the shifting backdrop of a city weighed down by economic uncertainty, the notion that humans are becoming a kind of coinage couldn’t be called into starker relief.
Witnessing the interaction of this deeply human, intimate drama with the public life and space around it is like opening a new pair of eyes; stirring, powerful and transformative.
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Director Bruce Gladwin Devisors Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Genevieve Morris, Jim Russell Sound Design & Composition Hugh Covill
small metal objects has been developed with support from Creative Victoria and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body. Initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund.
Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Greater Geelong and Creative Partnerships Australia and acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.