Dublin Theatre Festival

Back to Back Theatre

small metal objects

Devised by Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Bruce Gladwin, Genevieve Morris and Jim Russell

Venue Mayor Square
Date 8 Oct - 12 Oct 1.00pm
Duration 50 mins (no interval)

Directed by Bruce Gladwin
Sound design and composition by Hugh Covill

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An ingenious theatrical gem, small metal objects unfolds amid the high volume pedestrian traffic of Mayor Square in the IFSC. On a raised seating bank with individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired in to an intensely personal drama being played out somewhere in the crowd.
Gary and Steve are the kind of men who normally escape notice. Inadvertently they play a pivotal role in the night of two ambitious executives anxious to do a deal…
Back to Back Theatre is driven by an ensemble of six actors considered to have intellectual disabilities. Here, they use their award-winning ability to explore how respect is withheld from outsiders - the disabled or unemployed - who society deems 'unproductive'. Set against the shifting backdrop of the city at peak hour, the notion that everything has its price couldn't be called into starker relief.
A huge hit at the 2005 Melbourne International Arts Festival and the 2007 Sydney Festival, and winner of The Age Critics' Awards Special Commendation, small metal objects is set to make its sharp and very personal impact on Dublin this autumn.
Contains strong language.

small metal objects has been presented with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and with support from Arts Victoria. small metal objects was initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund. 

“small metal objects turns the notion of theatre and the everyday inside out. It is a pure, open-hearted, complex and breathtaking production and a unique meditation on human worth” Sydney Morning Herald
What Do We Think?
A unique and moving theatrical event that underlines the real value of true friendship and has much to say about society’s values and prejudices.
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