Case Study: Lady Eats Apple

Back to Back Theatre pitched its show, Lady Eats Apple, as part of the APAM 2016 Official Program.

After APAM, the work had its world premiere at the Melbourne Festival (2016) and will be presented internationally in Vienna, Amsterdam and other European destinations in June 2017, following national touring to Sydney and Perth in March 2017.

“Back to Back Theatre has been attending APAM in earnest since 2006."

"Beginning from a modest base of knowledge about and connection to our international colleagues at that time, APAM has been a key place for us to learn about the national and international touring landscapes and to communicate our ideas and works to a large group of supporters of contemporary artistic practice."

"It was daunting at first, but now feels a comfortable place and way for us to speak about what we are pursuing next, and hoping that this has resonance."

"At APAM, we also learn a great deal about our peers around the country and across the world, about the projects, themes and processes that they are pursuing to make great art for audiences and communities. It’s an immense privilege to hear these collective aspirations voiced, to listen, and continue to learn on practical and imaginative fronts.”

Since APAM 2016, Back to Back Theatre has confirmed presentations of Lady Eats Apple in the following cities:

  • Melbourne Festival, October 2016
  • Perth International Arts Festival, March 2017
  • Carriageworks, Sydney, March 2017
  • Wiener Festwochen [Vienna Festival], Vienna, June 2017
  • Holland Festival, Amsterdam, June 2017

About Lady Eats Apple

(APAM 2016 Pitch)

Proving we are mortal, vulnerable and no more significant or enduring than any other animal or vegetable.

Back to Back’s large-scale theatrical work, Lady Eats Apple examines the awesomeness of our existence and the simultaneous tragedy of our death. Travelling between time and place, fact and fiction, symbols and bodies, its concern is not the beginning and the end but the anxiety that sits in between.

Staged in a large proscenium theatre, the audience sits on stage, facing the auditorium. A thin single cell inflatable surrounds, pressing against architectural features. The audience and actors are repositioned in another world, rupturing expectation of the conventional theatre experience.

Set within the lush landscapes of the Garden of Eden, the void of nothingness and the frenetic urban jungle, Lady Eats Apple explores human nature and our search for immortality.

About Back to Back Theatre

Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary theatre imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors, giving voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people.

Over the last 28 years the company has made a body of work that questions the assumptions of what is possible in theatre, but also the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others.

The stories produced weave the personal, the political and the cosmic. Based in Geelong, Back to Back makes work locally and tours globally, commanding the respect of audiences, critics and peers worldwide.

For more information on Back to Back or touring opportunities for Lady Eats Apple please contact:

Back to Back Theatre

Alice Nash | Executive Producer

Phone: 03 5221 2029 | Email: | Website:


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