Photo: Nurith Wagner-Strauss


small metal objects turns the notion of theatre and the everyday inside out. It is a pure, open-hearted, complex and breathtaking production and a unique meditation on human worth.” ★★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald

An ingenious theatrical gem, small metal objects unfolds amid the pedestrian traffic against the backdrop of the city. On a raised seating bank with individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired in to an intensely personal drama being played out somewhere in the crowd. Gary and Steve are the kind of men who normally escape notice. But here they play an inadvertent but pivotal role in the plans of two ambitious executives they’ve arranged to meet for a transaction. As the intimacy of their situation develops, small metal objects becomes a sly and luminous depiction of everyday issues most take for granted.

Driven by an ensemble of performers considered to have intellectual disabilities, Back to Back Theatre explores how respect is withheld from outsiders – the disabled or unemployed – who society deems “unproductive”.

small metal objects has been developed with support from Arts Victoria and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body. Initiated through the Victoria Commissions, supported by the Victorian Government, through the Community Support Fund.

Office lobby of PCCW Tower in Taikoo Place (map)

Dates & Time:
1 November (Wednesday): 6:00pm
2 November (Thursday): 1:00pm, 6:00pm
3 November (Friday): 1:00pm, 6:00pm

In English with some Cantonese. Partial English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

approx. 50 minutes (No interval)


Half-Price Discount: HK$125 for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and support person*

*For each purchase of concessionary ticket for people with disabilities, the customer can purchase 1 ticket at the HK$125 concession price for the support person.


The performance contains strong language, suitable for ages 12 and above. Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

Directed by Bruce Gladwin
Devised by Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Jim Russell and Genevieve Morris
Performed by Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Hollis Ngai and Onnie Chan
Sound designed and composed by Hugh Covill

 House Programme:


Company Bio:

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 with a disability, giving voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people.

Based in the regional centre of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected contemporary theatre companies.

Seeking to make a body of work that exists in repertoire across time, the company tours extensively locally, nationally and internationally.

Since 1999, under the Artistic Directorship of Bruce Gladwin, the company has nurtured a unique artistic voice with an emphasis on the ensemble’s own commentaries on broad social and cultural dialogue. Created through a process of research, improvisation and scripting, new work is realised via collaboration between the ensemble, Artistic Director and guest artists.

In addition to its professional practice, Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world.

small metal objects premiered at Flinders Street Train Station as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival on 7 October 2005.