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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

“an extraordinary play” New York Times, 2020

Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding, SHADOW reminds us that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us are responsible.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy.

How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility.


Authors                         Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben

Composition                 Luke Howard Trio – Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion

Performers                    Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

Director                         Bruce Gladwin

Screen Design               Rhian Hinkley, lowercase

Lighting Design            Andrew Livingston, bluebottle

Sound Design               Lachlan Carrick

Script Consultant          Melissa Reeves

Costume Design           Shio Otani

Translation                    Jennifer Ma

Stage Manager              Alana Hoggart

Sound Engineer            Thomas Campbell

Production Manager      Bao Ngouansavanh

Artist Support               Erin Watson

Creative Development   Michael Chan, Mark Cuthbertson, Mark Deans, Rhian Hinkley, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Pippin Latham, Andrew Livingston, Sarah Mainwaring, Victoria Marshall, Scott Price, Brian Tilley, Sonia Teuben

Producers                     Alison Harvey, Tanya Bennett

Executive Producer       Alice Nash

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes has been co-commissioned by Carriageworks, Theater der Welt 2020, Düsseldorf, the Keir Foundation, the Thyne Reid Foundation and The Anthony Costa Foundation, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, with development support from the Geelong Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater (New York) and ArtsEmerson (Boston).

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA.

Upcoming Performances

19 May 2022 - 20 May 2022

Monash Performing Arts Center, The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, Clayton



  • 2019 Green Room Award for Best Ensemble