Brisbane Festival presents

Man With The Iron Neck


26 - 29 Sept | Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre


Legs On The Wall (AUS)

World Premiere

"Risky, gutsy and sometimes wild" THE SUN-HERALD

A new work from one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies tells the story of an Australian family – three Aboriginal kids from a small town – and how two choose to survive when one is lost.

When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he becomes obsessed with early-20th-century stunt man The Great Peters – AKA ‘Man With The Iron Neck’ – whose most famous stunt saw him jump off bridges with a rope tied around his neck, and live. The Great Peters embodied both life and death, but in the end what he promises is impossible.

Based on an original work by Co-Director Josh Bond, this daring and delicate show brings together Co-Director Gavin Robins, writer/actor Ursula Yovich and some of Australia’s best artists to weave together text, aerial performance, and ambitious video design.

Man With The Iron Neck is a story about embracing life, told with humour, poignancy and love.

"Legs On The Wall blasts physical theatre into a new and triumphant dimension." THE SUN-HERALD



Water Bowl – Challenge of the Warrior FREE Workshop

Man With The Iron Neck’s message is about finding hope through trauma, encouraging those who feel lost to reach out for help. More than a theatre show, this project has partnered with Balunu Foundation to offer a powerful workshop aimed at providing tools to break negative cycles.

Led by David Cole, the workshop involves the use of the water bowls and visualisation to generate discussion and aid personal understanding of challenges, letting go of pain, embracing opportunity, standing strong and walking together. 

Register and join us at 4pm on Sat 29 Sept before the show.

Register here

Man With The Iron Neck has strong adult themes and subject matter that some audience members may find confronting. Front-of-House staff will be on hand to assist audience members during and after the performance. For further post show support and advice we strongly recommend talking with these specialist organisations:

Lifeline 13 11 14 
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36

This performance contains course language and strong adult themes that some may find confronting. Suitable for audiences 16+ years.

Creative team

Main Cast: Kyle Shillings, Caleena Sansbury, Tibian Wyles, Ursula Yovich

Co-Director [& original concept]: Josh Bond
Co-Director: Gavin Robins
Writer: Ursula Yovich
Dramaturg: Steve Rodgers
Head Rigger: Andrew Bright
Set Design: Joey Ruigrok
Co-Composer: Iain Grandage
Co-Composer: Stephen Francis
Sound Design: Michael Toisuta & Jed Silver
Lighting Design: Matt Marshall
AV Designer: Sam James
Costume Design: Emma Vine
Creative Producer: Cecily Hardy
Associate Producer: Sophia Marinos

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Darwin Festival.


Weds 26 Sept - 7.30pm (Preview)
Thu 27 Sept - 7.30pm
Fri 28 Sept - 7.30pm
Sat 29 Sept - 7.30pm

Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Fri 18 Sept

AUSLAN interpreted performance - Sat 29 Sept

Duration : 80 minutes

Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre

119 Lamington Street
QLD 4005

$50 - $55 + booking fee

Multi-Tix allocation exhausted

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available

There is limited free onsite parking.

Take a bus service 193, 196 & 199 to New Farm, or a ferry to New Farm Park ferry terminal.

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