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small metal objects (VIC, Australia)


18 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2021

Short Synopsis

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.

Reviews Feature

“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

Written By
Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Jim Russell & Genevieve Morris
Composed By
Hugh Covill
Directed By
Bruce Gladwin
Sonia Teuben, Simon Laherty, Jim Russell & Genevieve Morris
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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