What's On


Back to Back Theatre

Presented in Season 3 2021

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.

15 mins

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.

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Read our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Loud sound effects. Dark environment. Flashing lights. Mild physical contact. Face masks required.

Wheelchair Accessible

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

Back to Back Theatre (B2B) creates art by artists with disabilities, giving voice to social, political and economic issues that speak to all people.

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 is a comic performer of rare talent and exquisite timing, and as the longest-standing member of the Back to Back Theatre ensemble he has devised and played some of the groups most memorable characters. Mark joined Back to Back Theatre in 1989 and has toured with the company extensively both nationally and internationally.

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).

Artist Statement

ENTITY is a vehicle for actor Mark Deans to engage with an audience and to allow the audience to have an exchange with Mark.

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’.



Devised by Mark Deans, Kate Sulan, Bruce Gladwin
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.

Related News & Insights: