The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre

Welcome to a community centre in Geelong, Australia. Plastic chairs are carried onto the stage, a public meeting is called. Four actors discuss small and large problems with great humour: which forms of physical touch are considered appropriate, but also the endless therapeutic programmes they have to endure as people with disabilities in order to attain some sense of “normality”. However, the game takes a sudden turn when an artificial intelligence appears and becomes the protagonist. How do we make decisions together that are in the best interest of a democratic society?

Back to Back Theatre, the world-renowned inclusive Australian theatre company (i.a. recipients of the Ibsen Award), is coming to Frankfurt for the first time with “The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes”. What begins as a cunning chamber piece becomes a large and moving theatrical event due to the breadth of its questions and the brilliance of its performers.


Duration: 65 minutes
Language: Englisch mit German and English Surtitels
01.12. Artist talk after wards (in English with translation in German).



Audio description + haptic tour on 02.12.

— Live audio description in German language and haptic tour for for blind and visually impaired people.
— The haptic tour starts at 7 p.m. and lasts approx. 30 minutes. The meeting point is in front of the entrance to the main hall. The tour is in English and will be translated into German.
- You can obtain the receivers and headphones for the audio description from the Mousonturm staff at the entrance to the auditorium.
- Please let us know via or + 49 (0) 1590 184 70 05 if you would like to take advantage of the audio description & haptic tour

Relaxed Performance

— Early Boarding 15 minutes before will be permitted for audience members
— You can move or make noise if you need to and can go in and out of the performance space

Sensory Notes:

— The music at a times can be loud
— There are deep low frequency sounds - like rumbling
— There are sudden noises from props being knocked over

— The lights will change intensity
— The lights will go out for a few seconds at the end of the show
— There is no strobe


— Performers may look at you directly.

Shocks or Surprises:
— There are some physical shocks with a prop
— There are simulated moments of aggression

— There is some challenging language used by the performers
— Sometimes the performers may look directly at you. There is no expectation that you will respond or do anything


There is a social script for the events with extensive information about the visit. You can request this via

Sponsors and Supporters

Autoren: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben
Regie: Bruce Gladwin
Mit: Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price
Komposition: Luke Howard Trio - Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion
Sounddesign: Lachlan Carrick
Lichtdesign: Andrew Livingston, bluebottle
Screendesign: Rhian Hinkley, lowercase
Kostüme: Shio Otani
KI-Stimme: Belinda McClory
Drehbuchberatung: Melissa Reeves
Kreative Entwicklung: 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

Tourneeleitung: Tamara Searle
Bühnenmanagement: Alana Hoggart
Tontechnik: Eugene McKinnon
Kompanie Management: Erin Watson
Produktionsleitung: Bao Ngouansavanh
Touring Produktion: Tanya Bennett
Produktionsleitung: Tim Stitz

"The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes" ist eine gemeinsame Auftragsarbeit von Carriageworks, Theater der Welt 2020 Düsseldorf, der Keir Foundation, der Thyne Reid Foundation und der Anthony Costa Foundation, unterstützt von Creative Partnerships Australia durch Plus 1, mit Entwicklungsunterstützung durch das Geelong Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, die Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater (New York) und ArtsEmerson (Boston).
"The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes" wurde zum Teil im Rahmen des Sundance Theatre Lab 2019 im MASS MoCA entwickelt.
Das Back to Back Theatre wird gefördert von Creative Australia, Creative Victoria und der Stadt Greater Geelong.

Ein Projekt im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Freunde und Förderer des Mousonturms e.V.

Ibsen Award statement

Ibsen Award

Back to Back Theatre, the Australian theatre company featuring a neurodiverse ensemble of actors, has been awarded the International Ibsen Award 2022.

Based in the Victorian regional centre of Geelong, Back to Back Theatre is widely recognised as an Australian theatre company of national and international significance. The company is driven by an ensemble of actors who are perceived as neuro diverse and is considered one of Australia’s most important cultural exporters.
Back to Back Theatre pursues a model of equality that values diversity. That includes an embrace of neuro-diversity, believing there are creative, philosophical and economic advantages in embracing diversity of intellect among its artists. Every individual has particular gifts to share with the world; if these gifts are not seen and nurtured by others, the whole of society will suffer as a result. Their work is simple, rich, complex, accessible, original, challenging, surprising, strange, beguiling and intelligent.

The company seeks to foster an environment that supports instinct, where the worries of resources, viability, competition, and social promotion are discounted by curiosity and a faith in the artists’ unmediated voice.
Theatre is a collective medium: the company nurtures an ensemble of actors and actively engages and supports a diverse community of collaborators. It is the company’s belief that a truly visionary company is one that is open to working with an artistic pallet greater than its own physical and creative constitution. The challenge lies in collectively embracing the unknown, moving forward with a mutual sense of intuition.

Each new Back to Back Theatre production is a reminder to the audience that they can affect change and make the world anew.

From 2009 to 2022, the company has undertaken 72 national and 89 international seasons of its work. This includes presentations and screenings at the world’s pre-eminent contemporary arts festivals and venues (…).