Back to Back Theatre
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
26.05 – 28.05.2022
How do we come together to make decisions in the best interests of our society? Three activists with intellectual disabilities have organized a public meeting addressing that question. On the agenda: a frank and open discussion of the history we would prefer to ignore and a future that is rapidly getting out of hand. Fearless and strikingly fresh, Australia’s leading theatre company returns to Brussels for the second time with their latest creation, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes. The ethics of mass food production, human rights, and the social impact of automation are skillfully woven into a compelling story that explores the unstable foundations of modern society. The actors question the parameters of traditional theatre and their own perceived limitations, challenging contemporary assumptions about artificial intelligence and the human mind. The result is a theatrical revelation inspired by (human) errors, misreadings, and misrepresentations. It is a timely reminder that no one is self-sufficient and we are all responsible.
authors Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben | composition Luke Howard Trio – Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion | performers Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price | director Bruce Gladwin | screen design Rhian Hinkley, lowercase | lighting design Andrew Livingston, bluebottle | sound design Lachlan Carrick | script consultant Melissa Reeves | costume design Shio Otani | translation Jennifer Ma | stage manager Alana Hoggart | sound engineer Marco Cher – Gibard | production manager Bao Ngouansavanh | company manager Erin Watson | 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 | senior producer Tanya Bennett | executive producer Tim Stitz | The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes has been co-commissioned by Carriageworks, Theater der Welt 2020, Düsseldorf, 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) and ArtsEmerson (Boston) | The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA | Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Greater Geelong and and acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program