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Physical Theatre Australia
Legs On The Wall

MAN WITH THE IRON NECK

Written by Ursula Yovich from an original concept by Josh Bond

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Australia’s leading physical theatre company brings to the stage an unmissable tale of survival. Co-commissioned by Darwin Festival, Man With The Iron Neck is a tale of love, loss, resilience and hope brought to life by soaring aerial feats. This is emotionally charged physical theatre at its best.

In an AFL-mad bush community three young friends have big dreams for the future. But when one of their lives is cut short by suicide, how do the others choose to survive?

Ash becomes obsessed with early- 20th-century stunt man The Great Peters – aka ‘The Man with the Iron Neck’ – whose most famous stunt saw him jump off bridges with a rope tied around his neck and survive. The Great Peters embodied both life and death, but in the end what he promises is impossible – you can’t have the drama of leaping to your death without dying.

Based on an original work by co-director Josh Bond, this daring and delicate show brings together writer/actor Ursula Yovich, co-director Gavin Robins and a stellar team of Australia’s leading artists. Man With The Iron Neck interweaves extraordinary aerial and physical skills with evocative visuals and a beautifully written narrative to conjure a rich, at times hyperreal landscape. Both heart-warming and heartbreaking, this ultimately uplifting story is about embracing life and finding hope through trauma.

Reviews
  • Gripping, confronting and moving physical theatre at its best.

    The Conversation
  • As visually stunning as it is deeply moving.

    The Australian
Credits
  • Performers

  • Ursula Yovich (Mum Rose)
  • Tibian Wyles (Ash)
  • Kyle Shilling (Bear)
  • Caleena Sansbury (Evelyn)

    Co-Director & Original Concept Josh Bond

  • Co-Director Gavin Robins
  • Playwright Ursula Yovich
  • Legs On The Wall Artistic Director Joshua Thomson
  • Senior Creative Producer Cecily Hardy
  • Composers Iain Grandage & Steve Francis
  • Set Designer Joey Ruigrok
  • Lighting Designer Matt Marshall
  • Costume Designer Emma Vine
  • Video Designer Sam James
  • Sound Designers Michael Toisuta & Jed Silver
  • Dramaturge Steve Rodgers
  • Cultural Consultant & Dramaturgical Input Jane Harrison
  • Cultural Consultant & Community Engagement David Cole
  • Production Manager Mark Haslam
  • Head Rigger Andrew Bright
  • Assistant Rigger Chad Albinger
  • Stage Managers Anna Pidgeon & Stephanie Cox
  • Assistant Stage Manager Letisha Ackland

Proudly supported by

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Commissioned by Darwin Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.
With support from The Balnaves Foundation, the Australian Government through its Indigenous Languages and Arts Program and Create NSW

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