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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre

A hilarious townhall meeting in which thorny questions are raised about human rights, cognitive diversity, sexual politics and the domination of artificial intelligence.


This meeting will now come to order!

Three of the most popular actors from the legendary Back to Back Theatre chair a townhall meeting that addresses slippery, or perhaps rather thorny, issues. On the agenda: imperiled human rights, food ethics, and the domination of artificial intelligence. And when it comes to these topics, it looks as if the performers might just have a head start on most of us.

A master at revealing the audience to itself, the Australian company redirects our perceptions, challenges our assumptions. Their latest work candidly and hilariously explores the complex terminology and attitudes around disability, rattling the fundamental structures of our societies in which we often place blind trust. “Dear neurotypicals,” the actors seem to be telling us, “machine intelligence may well be catching up with you.”


Produced by Back to Back Theatre
Text Michael Chan + Mark Deans + Bruce Gladwin + Simon Laherty + Sarah Mainwaring + Scott Price + Sonia Teuben
Directed by Bruce Gladwin
Performed by Simon Laherty + Sarah Mainwaring + Scott Price
Music Luke Howard Trio – Daniel Farrugia + Luke Howard + Jonathon Zion
Sound Design Lachlan Carrick
Lighting Design Andrew Livingston (bluebottle)
Screen Design Rhian Hinkley (lowercase)
Costume Design Shio Otani
AI Voice Over Belinda McClory
Script Consultant Melissa Reeves
Creative Development Michael Chan + Mark Cuthbertson + Mark Deans + Rhian Hinkley + Bruce Gladwin + Simon Laherty + Pippin Latham + Andrew Livingston + Sarah Mainwaring + Victoria Marshall + Scott Price + Brian Tilley + Sonia Teuben
Company Manager Erin Watson
Production Manager Bao Ngouansavanh 
Executive Producer Tim Stitz

Commissioned by Carriageworks (Sydney) + Theater der Welt 2020 (Düsseldorf) + The Keir Foundation (Sydney) + Thyne Reid Foundation (Sydney) + The Anthony Costa Foundation (Geelong)

With the support of Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1 + Geelong Arts Centre + Arts Centre Melbourne + Melbourne International Arts Festival + Une Parkinson Foundation + The Public Theater (New York) + ArtsEmerson (Boston)

Creative residency Sundance Theatre Lab – MASS MoCA (New-York)

Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts + Creative Victoria + City of Greater Geelong + Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program

Premiered at Carriageworks, Sydney le 25 septembre 2019

Presented in association with Théâtre Prospero + Carrefour international de théâtre (Québec)

Written by Jade Préfontaine
Translated by Jeffrey Moore


© Cherine Fahd

Back to Back Theatre (Geelong)

The productions of Back to Back Theatre renew discourses on disability, democracy and the human condition through explorations of eugenics in the context of perinatality (soft, 2002), growthism (small metal objects, 2005), intimidation (Food Court, 2008), or cultural appropriation (Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, a memorable show staged at the 2013 FTA).

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