Four activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public
meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer
not to know, and a future that is ambivalent.
Weaving a narrative through the ethics of mass food
production, human rights, the social impact of automation and the projected
dominance of artificial intelligence in the world, The Shadow Whose Prey the
Hunter Becomes is about the changing nature of intelligence in contemporary
A theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, misreadings,
misleadings and misunderstanding, Shadow reminds us that none of us are
self-sufficient and all of us are responsible.
Inspired by its own ensemble of actors, Back to Back Theatre
is a leading voice in contemporary world theatre. After last year’s world premiere, Shadow has impressed international critics, including the discerning New York press
after the American premiere in January.
Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben author
Luke Howard Trio - Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion composition
Michael Chan, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price performers
Rhian Hinkley screen design
Andrew Livingston light design
Lachlan Carrick sound design
Melissa Reeves script consultant
Shio Otani costume design
Jennifer Ma translation
Alana Hoggart stage manager
Thomas Campbell sound engineer
Bao Ngouansavanh production manager
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 creative development
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 City) and ArtsEmerson (Boston).