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Back to Back Theatre

60 Little Malop St
Geelong
Victoria
Australia 3220

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Geelong
Victoria
Australia 3220

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MULTIPLE BAD THINGS

At a time like this, in a placeless warehouse, three employees approach a possibly pointless task. Struggling to work together, they grapple with questions of inclusion, identity and intersectionality. They are forced to test the limits of their bodies, their cooperation and their capacity to care. Civility slips, bad behaviour escalates and reality distorts. The witching hour is here. Who will be the scapegoat?

In the making of this new work, Back to Back Theatre invites new voices into the devising room. Zoë Barry’s score is assembled from collected field recordings of bad things. Anna Cordingley’s design demands the actors’ physical participation to reach its manifestation.

MULTIPLE BAD THINGS is theatre. It is not real. But in a world where self-righteously indignant voices so often drown out the most disenfranchised and vulnerable, this theatre sometimes feels real.

Welcome to the workplace at the end of the world. They’re only saying what you’ve already been thinking.

Devisors Bron Batten, Breanna Deleo, Natasha Jynel, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Ben Oakes, Scott Price, Tamara Searle, Ingrid Voorendt

Directors Tamara Searle, Ingrid Voorendt

Performers Natasha Jynel, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

Set & Costume Design Anna Cordingley

Composer & Sound Design Zoë Barry

AV Design Rhian Hinkley

Lighting Design Richard Vabre

Script Consultant Melissa Reeves

Creative Development Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Alana Hoggart, Francesca Neri, Tamika Simpson

Stage Manager Alana Hoggart

Sound Engineer Thomas ‘Soup’ Campbell

Company Manager Erin Watson

Production Manager Bao Ngouansavanh

Producers Tanya Bennett, Margaret Bourke, David Miller

Executive Producer Tim Stitz

Artistic Director Bruce Gladwin

MULTIPLE BAD THINGS has been co-commissioned by Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), The Keir Foundation, The Anthony Costa Foundation, Geelong Arts Centre and Back to Back Theatre’s New Work Donor Circle, with development support from Une Parkinson Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund and Give Where You Live.

Back to Back Theatre is supported by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Greater Geelong.

Upcoming Performances

11 Apr 2024 - 13 Apr 2024

Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong, Australia

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10 May 2024 - 12 May 2024

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium

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29 May 2024 - 09 Jun 2024

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