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20 May - 03 June 2020

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Scandinavian premiere
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​Public meeting on the nature of intelligence.

​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 society.

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.

’an extraordinary play’

Photo: Zan Wimberley. Top photo: Jeff Busby.



​1 h 5 min


  • Standard: 290/370/420
  • Senior: 261/333/378
  • Under 30/student: 190
  • FiB Fordel until 11 March: 203/259/294
  • FiB Fordel from 12 March:​ 232/296/336

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​Performed in English


    • 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
    • ​Bruce Gladwin director
    • 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
    • Tanya Bennet producer 
    • Alice Nash executive producer 
    • 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).

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