Back to Back Theatre

60 Little Malop St
Australia 3220

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PO Box 1257
Australia 3220

Tel 61 3 5221 2029

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small metal objects

“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

An ingenious theatrical gem, small metal objects unfolds amid the pedestrian traffic against the backdrop of the city. 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. But here they play an inadvertent but pivotal role in the night of two ambitious executives they’ve arranged to meet for a transaction. As the intimacy of their situation develops, small metal objects becomes a sly and luminous depiction of everyday issues most take for granted.

Back to Back Theatre is driven by an ensemble of performers considered to have intellectual disabilities. Here, the company explores how respect is withheld from outsiders – the disabled or unemployed – who society deems ‘unproductive’. Set against the shifting backdrop of the city, the notion that everything has its price couldn’t be called into starker relief.

Director & Devisor Bruce Gladwin
Devisors Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Jim Russell, Genevieve Morris
Sound Composer & Designer Hugh Covill

Developed with support from
Arts Victoria and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body. Initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund.


  • 2008 Bessie Award, New York
  • 2007 Green Room Award - Best Theatre Production (New Form), Victoria
  • 2007 ZKB Appreciation Prize, Zurich Theatre Festival
  • 2005 Inaugural Age Critics' Special Commendation, Melbourne Festival