The Art House presents
Man With The Iron Neck
29 Jul 2020 Showing at The Art House Theatre
The Art House Presents
Legs On The Wall's
MAN WITH THE IRON NECK
Written by Ursula Yovich from an original work by Josh Bond, Directed by Josh Bond and Gavin Robins
A powerful new work from one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies, about an Australian small town family finding hope and embracing life after grief.
When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he starts to idolise Vaudevillian stuntman The Great Peters, and Peters’ ability to jump from bridges with a rope around his neck and survive. Ultimately the fabled stuntman’s death proves to Ash the trick is just that - an impossible dream to follow, waking him from a haze of grief to find his own path to survival.
Based on an original work by Josh Bond, written by national treasure actor/singer/writer Ursula Yovich, together Gavin Robins and Josh Bond direct this incredible cast of rising star Indigenous performers. Man With The Iron Neck interweaves extraordinary aerial and physical feats with a beautifully written narrative, which entraps us in its tender and intimate world, while at the same time conjuring a rich epic and some times hyperreal landscape with its visual design.
Both heart-warming and heart-breaking this touching story is about choosing to embrace life and find hope through grief. The morning star comes to
signal that even at your darkest hour, there is hope.
This work contains adult themes and references to suicide that may be distressing to some audience members.
Co-Director & Original Concept Josh Bond
Co-Director Gavin Robins
Playwright Ursula Yovich
Senior Creative Producer Cecily Hardy
Legs On The Wall Artistic Director Joshua Thomson
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 with Jed Silver
Dramaturge Steve Rodgers
Cultural Consultant for tour David Cole
“With a script by Ursula Yovich alternating between naturalistic dialogue and poetic monologues, stunning visual design… and extraordinary physical performances by the cast… this piece gives the audience 80 minutes of gripping, confronting and moving physical theatre at its best.” THE CONVERSATION, Sept 2018
“Here is a play with the physicality and efficiency of a contemporary dance work. It maintains its momentum throughout, and the aerial sequences are expertly blocked and executed.” THE AUSTRALIAN, Sept 2018