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  • 20 October

    Victoria & Albert Museum

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    Back to Back Theatre: In Conversation

    (Australia)

    Back to Back Theatre

    Following their hit shows Food Court and Ganesh Versus the Third Reich presented with the Barbican in recent festivals, LIFT continued its relationship with the incredible Australian company Back to Back Theatre for the 2014 festival. This time we let them loose amongst the collections of the V&A where they were in residence for ten days in June. They developed new ideas by steeping themselves in the history of art and design and exploring their particular interest in obsolete gods no longer worshipped and stories of those who were destroyed by their own success.

    We met Bruce Gladwin, Artistic Director of Back to Back Theatre, as well as members of the ensemble, Brian Tilley and Simon Laherty, as they discussed their process of making Back to Back’s work, their experiences of the residency and new projects for the future with Mark Ball, LIFT Artistic Director.

    We are the Back to Back Theatre ensemble. We play with intention. Some days we work at headquarters in Geelong, and some days you will find us on tour. Brian is our pop culture specialist. He’s pretty strong as an actor and as a person; he is likely to lift you off the floor. Simon is an enigma, and the rightful Captain of Quizzes. Scott is like an arrow; he is straight up like an arrow fired from a bow. Sarah is our courage. Mark is a free spirited type of person, he’s King of Comedy. He likes birds. Some of us identify with being outsiders. Some of us don’t. We wonder: what would we be outside of? We give everything, and everyone a go. We hope you will feel intoxicated by our shows, that our shows will entertain you, that our shows will make you question things. – Ensemble Statement


    Commissioned by LIFT in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Performance, V&A, and supported by the Keir Foundation and Australia High Commission. Back to Back Theatre is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong. Image: Jeff Busby.
    This event is generously supported by the Australia High Commission.