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Image: Jeff Busby


“Every now and then a show comes along and reminds you that theatre is a burning glass, that it can be an art that focuses experience into an emotional thermic lance which sears through the intellect into the tissue of deep feeling, right where it hurts.” Theatre Notes

Image: Jeff Busby

Part concert, part theatre show, FOOD COURT features the remarkable vision of Back to Back Theatre and the music of The Necks, who improvise a driving score for each performance.

Set in the lush minimalism of an illuminated white void, the story of one woman’s humiliation is played out in a psychological space constructed from light and sound. Luminously fragile, FOOD COURT is a near death experience in a suburban wonderland where a small fatality of dignity takes place between The Asian Hut and The Juice Bar.

FOOD COURT is an unpredictable rollercoaster of image, sound and emotion. The scripted performance is underscored by a single musical track played live from the orchestra pit by The Necks, one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Devisors: Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Rita Halbarec, Nicki Holland, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

Director and Set Design: Bruce Gladwin

Performers include: Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

Music: The Necks – Chris Abrahams (Piano), Lloyd Swanton (Bass), Tony Buck (Drums)

Set Design and Construction: Mark Cuthbertson

Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Andrew Livingston, Bluebottle

Animation Design: Rhian Hinkley

Sound System Design: Hugh Covill

Costume Design: Shio Otani

Developed with support from
The Australian Government’s Major Festivals Intiative, managed by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Sydney Festival.

FOOD COURT was initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund.

The premiere season of FOOD COURT was co-commissioned by the Melbourne International Arts Festival and supported by Alcoa.