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 disabilities, giving voice to social and
political issues that speak to all people.
Based in Geelong, the company is one of
Australia’s most globally recognised and
respected contemporary theatre companies.
Seeking to make a body of work that exists
in repertoire across time, the company tours
extensively locally, nationally and internationally.
Over the last decade, Back to Back Theatre
has presented 44 national and 71 international
seasons of its work.
Since 1999, under the Artistic Directorship of
Bruce Gladwin, the company has nurtured a
unique artistic voice with an emphasis on the
ensemble’s commentary on society. Created
through a process of research, improvisation
and scripting, new work is realised across time
via collaboration between the ensemble, Artistic
Director and guest artists.
Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne Festival
seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas.
At the heart of Melbourne’s culture of creativity,
we curate unique experiences that bring people
together and break new ground in culture and
Melbourne Festival is one of Australia’s
leading international arts festivals and has an
outstanding reputation for presenting unique
international and Australian events in the fields
of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia,
free and outdoor events.
Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway
Executive Director Kath M Mainland CBE
06—23 OCTOBER 2016
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.
This project has been assisted by the Australian
Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, in
association with the Confederation of Australian
International Arts Festival Inc., Melbourne Festival,
Adelaide Festival, Perth International Arts Festival,
Carriageworks, Wiener Festwochen, and with
support from the Keir Foundation and Thyne
Lady Eats Apple has been supported by Lord Mayor’s Charitable
Foundation (Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised
Back to Back Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government
through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body,
Australian Arts and Culture Fund (Catalyst), supported by the
Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the City of
This presentation has been supported in its development by the
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Coleby
Consulting. First developed in residence at the V&A as part of the
London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).
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