Back to Back Theatre was founded in Geelong in 1987 to create theatre with people who are perceived to have a disability. It has gone on to become one of Australia’s leading creative voices, focusing on moral, philosophical and political questions about the value of individual lives.
With a full-time ensemble of six actors, Back to Back creates work that is idiosyncratic, passionate and at times confronting. Back to Back’s ensemble is made up of actors with a distinct voice, a group of people who, in a culture obsessed with perfection and conformity, are the real outsiders. This position of marginality provides them with a unique and at times subversive view of the world.
Back to Back Theatre’s process for devising new work is distinctive, extensive and collaborative. With Bruce Gladwin (Artistic Director) placing the ensemble at the centre of social and cultural dialogue, new work is realises through a process of research, improvisation and scripting, and collaboration between the ensemble, Artistic Director and invited guest artists.