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The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre:
The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes

The Shadow Whose Prey The Hunter Becomes | Under The Radar 2020
LuEsther January 8 - January 19, 2020


Authors: Michael ChanMark Deans, Bruce GladwinSimon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, and Sonia Teuben
Composition: Luke Howard Trio - Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, and Jonathon Zion
Performer: Michael Chan, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, and Scott Price
Director: Bruce Gladwin
Screen Design by Rhian Hinkley and lowercase
Lighting Design by Andrew Livingston and bluebottle
Sound Design by Lachlan Carrick
Script Consultant: Melissa Reeves
Costume Design by Shio Otani
Translator: Jennifer Ma
Stage Manager: Alana Hoggart
Sound Engineer: Thomas Campbell
Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh
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, and Sonia Teuben
Touring Producer: Alice Fleming
Executive Producer: Alice Nash

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 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.

THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy.

How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility.

Created intermittently over many months and even years, through conversations and improvisation, SHADOW’s  performers are also its co-authors and dramaturgs.
– Bruce Gladwin, Director & Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre



Performed in English with English supertitles.

As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

Run Time: 1 hour

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).

THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES was 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 and the City of Greater Geelong.


Header and Featured image: photo by Zan Wimberley



Tickets start at $30, plus fees
Public Supporter tickets start at $25

This production is sold out. Please check back as additional tickets may become available at a later date.
This production is sold out. Please check back as additional tickets may become available at a later date.

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Provocative and will leave you with questions.

- Augustus Welby for The Music, 2019
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes offers an urgent and uncompromising conversation about the state of humanity.

- Cameron Woodhead for The Age, 2019
In the world of Back to Back theatre, anything is possible.

- Scott Price by Peter Hanlon Feature, 2017