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An actor in white undershirt and red shorts sits on a couch and looks directly into the camera, around him are many stuffed animals (e.g. tigers and gazelles).
© Jeff Busby
An actor in white undershirt and red shorts sits on a couch and looks directly into the camera, around him are many stuffed animals (e.g. tigers and gazelles).
© Jeff Busby
International Summer Festival 2022

Back To Back Theatre

The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes

A witty, theatrical epiphany dealing with mistakes, misconceptions and misinterpretations ponders the question, what intelligence means?


24 / 14 Euro (conc. from 9 Euro, 50% conc. with Festivalkarte)


For the safety of everyone present, the performers of the production ask that you wear a mask during the entire event. Thank you for complying with this request.


In the foreground is the back view of a performer wearing a red jacket, blurred in the background is a row of chairs, to the right sits a second performer, behind a kind of white gallery a third.
© Zan Wimberley
Zoom on a performer behind a white gallery, the rest of the stage is black, three black hanging lights illuminate the space. Words are projected behind the performer: Easy Money.
© Zan Wimberley
A performer in a white undershirt and red shorts sits on a couch with his legs crossed, looking directly into the camera; behind him on the wall and around him are a variety of stuffed animals.
© Jeff Busby
A performer in a plaid shirt and gray sweatpants stands in a nearly empty stage space and measures something along his leg with a tape measure.
© Zan Wimberley
A performer in a plaid shirt and striped sweater stands in a black stage space and stretches a hand up into the air; tree trunks can be glimpsed behind him.
© Zan Wimberley
Four performers are spread out on the stage, one seated in front of a white gallery, one standing behind it, two more at the other two ends of the stage. At the back, something is projected onto the wall: Ants in the Pants.
© Zan Wimberley

Back to Back Theatre already put a spell on the audience at Hamburg main station with their work »Small Metal Objects« in 2009 and most recently showed »Lady Eats Apple« (2017) at the festival Theater der Welt in Hamburg. Primarily working with disabled protagonists, the company is the first of its kind to win the International Ibsen Award, one of the highest endowed theatre awards. In 2022 Back to Back Theatre will now return to Hamburg with its new play. This time an activists’ conference takes place on stage, with the participants encountering an artificial intelligence, that also plays a main role in the piece. Together they create an emotive debate on socio-political issues, discussing terminologies, questioning social standardization and eventually revealing preconceived notions of the audience. They question what is possible in the realm of theatre, but also presumptions we have of ourselves and others. Situations of vulnerability merge into humorous scenes full of wit, in which Back to Back Theatre calls to mind that nobody’s on their own, as we’re all co-responsible.

TRAILER: The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes

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By: Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben With: Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price Direction: Bruce Gladwin Composition: Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion / Luke Howard Trio Sound Design: Lachlan Carrick Lighting Design: Andrew Livingston, bluebottle Screen Design: Rhian Hinkley, lowercase Costume: Shio Otani AI Voice Over: Belinda McClory Script Consultant: Melissa Reeves Translation: Jennifer Ma, Almut Maria Mölk 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 Management: Erin Watson Production Management: Bao Ngouansavanh Touring Producer: Pippa Wright Senior Producer: Tanya Bennett Executive Producer:Tim Stitz

COMISSIONED BY Carriageworks (Sydney), Theater der Welt 2020 (Düsseldorf), The Keir Foundation (Sydney), Thyne Reid Foundation (Sydney), The Anthony Costa Foundation (Geelong)

SUPPORTED BY Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1, Geelong Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Une Parkinson Foundation (Blackburn), The Public Theater (New York), 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 acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program