Physical Theatre Australia
Legs On The Wall
MAN WITH THE IRON NECK
Written by Ursula Yovich from an original concept by Josh BondBuy Tickets
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 and written by and starring the inimitable Ursula Yovich, joined by an all Indigenous cast of rising stars, 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.
Co-Director & Original Concept Josh Bond
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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