by Paula Citron.
Small Metal Objects
Back to Back Theatre (Australia)
Written by the ensemble
Directed by Bruce Gladwin
Starring Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Caroline Lee and Jim Russell
At the Eaton Centre
Harbourfront’s Worldstage presented Back to Back Theatre, an Australian company that works with actors, as they say, who are perceived to have an intellectual disability. Its focus is, not surprisingly, on the value of individual lives.
The play small metal objects, created by the ensemble and director Bruce Gladwin, takes place in public spaces, in this case, the Eaton Centre. A bank of seats was erected in front of Sears. Each audience member had headphones so we could hear the actors who were among the throngs of passers-by. It was a concept that reversed the conventions of theatre with the audience as centre stage.
I found the plot and the language banal, but the fascination was the how the Eaton Centre crowd reacted, more to the audience than the actors, and how the actors’ sturm und drang became part of the invisible.
Check Harbourfront’s Worldstage website for upcoming theatre and dance productions. The works do add an edge to the city.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.