Image: Jeff Busby
Image: Lachlan Woods.


Back to Back Theatre

Weaving a narrative through the ethics of mass food production, human rights, the social impact of automation and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence in the world, THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES is a theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding, SHADOW reminds us that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us are responsible.




“What we forget and what we remember when we celebrate the past is worthy of note. We need to look no further than our national day of celebration, when half of us mourn an invasion and the other half champion a culture. THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy. How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility. Created intermittently over many months and even years, through conversations and improvisation, Shadow’s performers are also its co-authors and dramaturgs.” – Bruce Gladwin on THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES

Two years after its electrifying pitch at APAM 2018, Back to Back Theatre now present THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMESin this Tour-Ready session after its successful seasons in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne and across North America.

“An hour with this ensemble arguably offers more wisdom, and more stringent argument, than anything in politics, though barbed irony is never far away… TTHE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES offers an urgent and uncompromising conversation about the state of humanity. It scintillates in the clarity and sophistication of its ideas, and in its seamless interplay between creativity and critique.” – Cameron Woodhead, The Age


Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary performance imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with a disability, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people. Based in the regional centre of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected contemporary theatre companies.

Seeking to make a body of work that exists in repertoire across time, the company tours extensively locally, nationally and internationally. Over the last decade, Back to Back Theatre has presented 44 national and 82 international seasons of its work.

In addition to its professional practice Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world, with a focus on artistic excellence and elevated social inclusion for all people of difference.