The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Back to Back Theatre

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Time: 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £18)

Running Time: 60 mins

Age Guidance: 12+

This event takes place in our Grand Hall.

This performance is Pay What You Can.

Back to Back Theatre
UK Premiere

Weaving a narrative through human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstanding, Shadow reminds us that none of us are self-sufficient and all of us are responsible. 

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a story about a public meeting, the type of meeting you would hope to happen in a certain kind of democracy. How do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility. 


“an extraordinary play” New York Times

“an indisputable must-see”  ★★★★★  New York Stage Review

“Into its one remarkable hour Shadow manages to pack more insight, wisdom, emotional resonance, and steadily accumulating power than many stage productions achieve in three times that duration”  The Boston Globe Review

Alongside these performances BAC will present Town Hall Forum Event created by Access All Areas (AAA). As one of the leading autistic and learning disabled companies in England,  AAA will curate discussion and artistic responses exploring the themes of the performance and how people with learning disabilities can take part in decision making in society.


Tickets from £6. If anyone feels they need to pay under £6 please contact Box Office, on  or call 0207 223 2223

The Pay What You Can Scheme removes a financial barrier, giving everyone the chance to see our shows. This is made possible by those who are able choosing a higher price point, and for this you can be guided by the recommended price. Thank you for supporting us and the community by continuing to book with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.


This event takes place in person in our Grand Hall. This space is on the ground floor, with step-free access.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


Audio described performance: 22 October, 8pm. Audio describer is Dot Alma.


  • Contains adult themes and coarse language

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.




Alongside the performances BAC will present Town Hall Forum Event created by Access All Areas (AAA). As one of the leading autistic and learning disabled companies in England,  AAA will curate discussion and artistic responses exploring the themes of the performance and how people with learning disabilities can take part in decision making in society. The programme will also include films by artists with learning disabilities, selected by artists from Carousel.


Authors: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben

Director: Bruce Gladwin

Performers: Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price

Composition: Luke Howard Trio – Daniel Farrugia, Luke Howard, Jonathon Zion

Sound Design: Lachlan Carrick

Lighting Design: Andrew Livingston, bluebottle

Screen Design: Rhian Hinkley, lowercase

Costume Design: Shio Otani

AI Voice Over: Belinda McClory

Script Consultant: Melissa Reeves

Translation: Jennifer Ma

Creative Development: Michael Chan, Mark Cuthbertson, Mark Deans, Rhian Hinkley, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Pippin Latham, Andrew Livingston, Sarah Mainwaring, Victoria Marshall, Scott Price, Brian Tilley, Sonia Teuben

Touring Director: Tamara Searle

Stage Manager: Alana Hoggart

Sound Engineer: Damien Charles

Company Manager: Erin Watson

Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh

Senior Producer: Tanya Bennett

Executive Producer: Tim Stitz


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council, the Australian Government and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22 

Co-commissioned by Carriageworks, Theater der Welt, Düsseldorf 2020, the Keir Foundation, the Thyne Reid Foundation and The Anthony Costa Foundation, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, with development support from the Geelong Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater (New York City) and ArtsEmerson (Boston) 

Developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA 

Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Greater Geelong and acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

We believe in making our shows accessible to as many people as possible.

We offer tickets on a Pay What You Can basis for the majority of performances throughout the year. Tickets usually start at £8, and we have recommended pricing to help you to choose a price that works for you.

We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.


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