Back to Back Theatre’s newest work, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes asks its audience to consider a history we would prefer not to remember, and a future that is ambivalent.
The work will have its world premiere at Carriageworks in Sydney on 25 September, before returning to the company’s home town with performances at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. The Australian season will conclude at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, including a Q&A panel with Human Rights Watch on 17 October.

Inspired by its own ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities, Back to Back Theatre is a leading voice in contemporary world theatre and one of Australia’s most important cultural exporters. Over the last decade, the multi-award-winning company has presented 44 national and 82 international seasons of its work. This continues with North American performances of The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes at the Arts Emerson in Boston, The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and Stanford University, California in early 2020.

Co-conceived by four performing core ensemble artists of Back to Back Theatre – Mark Deans, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price and Simon Laherty, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes weaves a persistent 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.

Back to Back Theatre presents
25 – 28 September, Carriageworks, Sydney
3 – 6 October, Geelong Performing Arts Centre
9 – 20 October, Melbourne International Arts Festival
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