Information

  • WHEN /

    29 Sept - 9 Oct 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2011

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Information

  • WHEN /

    29 Sept - 9 Oct 

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

The live theatre show Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, to be performed from 29 September to 9 October 2011 at Malthouse Theatre as part of Melbourne Festival, is a serious investigation into the issues about cultural appropriation: it explores who has the authority to tell stories, and how - via symbols, rituals and the like - stories can be told.

Back to Back Theatre is a theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core. In presenting Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, Back to Back is seeking, in part , to examine how individuals who are perceived to be outsiders (of all kinds), can comment and respond to, and so by extension, be more strongly integrated into a pluralistic society. Through our work, we are seeking to engender dialogue and tolerance.

In our opinion, Ganesh is treated with great respect in the work. His integrity and status is never threatened. He is all powerful. Ganesh is the hero of the work and has an embodiment of goodness and greatness. The representation of Ganesh is not ridiculed or engaged in violent action in the performance.

In developing the show, Back to Back Theatre has researched how Ganesh and other deities have been represented in cinema, theatre, graphic novels and dance from the 1960s to the present. We consider the representation of Ganesh in the work is within the parameters of the cannon that currently exists.

We would like to assure members of the Hindu community that it is not our intent to portray Ganesh in a way that is disrespectful. We regret any inadvertent concern or apprehension about the play which may have arisen prior to its performance.

'At once ingenious, provocative, disarming, and extremely funny.'

- THE AGE (for Small Metal Objects)

'A work of devastating honesty and, ultimately, extraordinary beauty that confirms Back to Back as a key player in contemporary theatre.'

- THE AUSTRALIAN (for Food Court)

Directed by / Bruce Gladwin
Devisors / Mark Deans, Marcia Ferguson, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Kate Sulan, Brian Tilley & David Woods
Lighting Design / Andrew Livingston, Bluebottle
Design Construction / Mark Cuthbertson
Costume Design / Shio Otani
Performed by / Mark Deans, Simon Laherty, Scott Price, Brian Tilley & David Woods

Created by Back To Back Theatre.
Presented as part of Melbourne Festival. 

Key image photography / Jeff Busby