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Back to Back Theatre:

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society?

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, misreadings and misunderstandings. It reminds us that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us have individual and collective responsibility.

‘an indisputable must-see’

★★★★★ New York Stage Review

'a multilayered piece that interweaves questions of human intelligence, connection and communication, to unsettling effect'

★★★★ The Stage

'part education, part rebellion, and part warning for what’s to come'

The Guardian

'the meeting has been called for the purpose not of justifying the neurodiverse but of warning the rest of us about a future in which the technology we’ve created will one day, like the shadow of the title, render everyone inferior—disabled, in fact'

New York Times

Following its UK premiere at Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), internationally-acclaimed Back to Back Theatre’s ensemble of artists with disabilities bring their remarkable play to Brighton as part of a UK tour in the British Council UK / Australia Season.

Post-show conversation with members of Back to Back and Carousel on Thursday 27 October

About Back to Back Theatre

Back to Back Theatre 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 professional 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.

Back to Back Theatre has received 21 national and international awards including the International Ibsen Award, a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Work, an Edinburgh International Festival Herald Angel Critics’ Award, two Age Critics’ Awards, a New York Bessie and the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award for our long-standing contribution to the development of Australian theatre. In 2015, Bruce Gladwin received the Australia Council for the Arts’ Inaugural Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre. The ensemble were awarded the ‘Best Ensemble’ in the 2019 Green Room Awards.

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Artistic Credits:


Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty,

Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben

Director: Bruce Gladwin

Performers: Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price


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: Tamara Searle

Stage Manager: Alana Hoggart

Sound Engineer: Damien Charles

Company Manager: Erin Watson

Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh

Senior Producer: Tanya Bennett

Executive Producer: Tim Stitz

Funding credits:

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council, the Australian Government and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22

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)

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.

General Information:

Guests who use a wheelchair or experience mobility impairments are asked to call the box office on 01273 678822 or email so that we can assist you to find the best seat to suit your requirements.

Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

The Box Office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Wednesday 26 October, 2022
  • Thursday 27 October, 2022
  • Friday 28 October, 2022


  • Adults
  • Concessions
Duration: 1 hour (no interval). Contains adult themes, coarse language. Post show conversation Thursday 27 October - with members of the Back to Back ensemble and Jason Eade from Carousel.
Back to Back Theatre: The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
Wednesday 26 October  – Friday 28 October

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