Back to Back Theatre
Presented by Arts House
Wed 1 – Sat 4 Dec, 2021
6.30pm, 6.50pm, 7.10pm
ENTITY will be performed by Scott Price on Wednesday 1 December.
General Admission $20 + transaction fee
BLAKTIX $10 + transaction fee
This experience is for four audience members at a time – bookings can be made individually.
This experience is restricted to patrons 16 years and over, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Read our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.
Loud sound effects. Dark environment. Flashing lights. Mild physical contact. Face masks required.
Witness a new species evolving before your eyes in this intimate solo offering from one of Australia’s most loved companies.
Paint fades, buildings fall and theatre is forgotten. In a homage to our impermanent existence, long term Back to Back Theatre ensemble member Mark Deans conjures a new species before our eyes.
Taking the form of an intimate installation this fifteen-minute side show performance is an amalgam of séance, party trick, alien encounter and horror movie. ENTITY is a sweet spot double act between human and ‘the other’.
An experience for just a handful of audience members at a time, ENTITY is a hypnotic engagement with an autonomous life form in a constant state of change.
This dramatic and mysterious work is as slick and intriguing as every other Back to Back Theatre show you’ve ever loved.
“I’ve not seen a Back to Back show that hasn’t sought to revolutionise our assumptions about what theatre, performance and life can be”
– Alison Croggon, The Saturday Paper
“An hour with this ensemble arguably offers more wisdom, and more stringent argument, than anything in politics”
– Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“Back to Back Theatre’s retelling of the story of how we came to be, leaves us with a better understanding of what we are”
– London Theatre
About the Company
Established in the 1980s, B2B has since evolved into a renowned performing arts organisation driven by a core ensemble of neuro-diverse artists. Back to Back Theatre develops new work in Geelong and tours nationally and to some of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the world.
About the Artist
Mark’s catalogue with Back to Back Theatre includes the legendary Mr September(1997), the flatty inventor in Minds Eye (1998), the intellectually declining Tom in Mental (1999), the infernally frustrated magician in Cow (2002) and the enigmatic man from the future in Soft (2002). He has co-devised and performed in Food Court (2008), Ganesh Versus the Third Reich (2013), Super Discount (2013), Lady Eats Apple (2016), The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes (2019) and Shadow (2020).
In Mark’s words – “People come, people laugh, people get big shock, people clap, people go home”.
At the time of writing this statement there are a lot of unanswered questions and we hope they remain that way. ‘Control’ and ‘the lack of’ are important, there needs to be room for chance as well as aesthetic choice.
The ways in which we regard other people, how we pick up on sameness or difference and how quickly we make judgement of the differences all play some consideration in this work. ENTITY creates a space to reflect on what we imagine sits ‘within us’ and ‘between us’.
Performer: Mark Deans
Sound Design: Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell
Lighting Design: Dans Maree Sheehan
Costume Design: Harriet Oxley
Set Design: Bruce Gladwin & Mark Cuthbertson
Oil painting: Steve Salo
Scenic Art: Patrick Jones
Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh
Stage Manager: Alana Hoggart
Artist Support: Kirsten Honey
Director: Bruce Gladwin
Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and the City of Greater Geelong, and acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.
ENTITY is supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, Give Where You Live, and Sidney Myer Fund.
Image credit: Jeff Busby
Image description: A man with curly grey hair on top of his head stands against a background of wrinkled dark grey fabric. He is barefoot and is wearing dark pants and an oversized coat. The coat is pulled up over his head and he has a sad expression on his face.