Back to Back Theatre

60 Little Malop St
Australia 3220

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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

Image: Supplied by West Kowloon Cultural District

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.

small metal objects 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.

Devisors: Simon Laherty, Bruce Gladwin, Sonia Teuben, Genevieve Morris, Jim Russell

Director: Bruce Gladwin

Performers: Simon Laherty, Genevieve Picot, Jim Russell, Brian Tilley

Sound Design and Composition: Hugh Covill

Costume Design: Shio Otani

Developed with support from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative; and the Department of Education Victoria, through its Strategic Partnerships Program.

small metal objects was developed with support from Creative Victoria and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council. Initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund.

Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Greater Geelong and Creative Partnerships Australia.


small metal objects has been selected for the VCE PLAYLIST DRAMA 2023. Click here to be redirected to the dedicated small metal objects VCE Playlist page.

School bookings can be made for Geelong and Melbourne seasons, but for any questions in the interim please contact Nikki Watson.

An introductory VCE schools pack can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Performances

03 May 2023 - 07 May 2023

Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia


27 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023

Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong, Australia



  • 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
Image: Supplied by West Kowloon Cultural District