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Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding, this play reminds us that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us are responsible.

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.

The winner of The International Ibsenaward 2022, 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. In addition to its profes sional practice Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world, with a focus on artistic excellence and elevated social inclusion for people with disabilities.


Authors: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben. Director: Bruce Gladwin. Performers: Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price. Composition: 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. Translation: Jennifer Ma. 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. Touring Director: Daniel Schlusser. Stage Manager: Alana Hoggart. Sound Engineer: Paul Hitchens. Company Manager: Erin Watson. Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh. Senior Producer: Tanya Bennett. Executive Producer: Tim Stitz. Photo image: Jeff Busby.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes has been co-commissioned by Carriageworks, Theater der Welt, Düsseldorf 2020, the Keir Foundation, the Thyne Reid Foundation and The Anthony Costa Foundation, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, with development support from the Geelong Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater (New York City) and ArtsEmerson (Boston).

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA.

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


Simon Laherty

Foto: Jeff Busby

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