Man With The Iron Neck
Legs On The Wall | Australia
World Premiere Season
23–26 January Sydney Opera House $46–$56 + BF 70 mins
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  • Wed 23 January at 7.30pm
    Thu 24 January at 7.30pm
    Fri 25 January at 7.30pm (SMH Q&A)*
    Sat 26 January at 1.30pm & 7.30pm

    *Auslan interpreted

  • Premium $56
    A Reserve $46 / $41
    + booking fee
Man With The Iron Neck
Legs On The Wall | Australia
World Premiere Season

A powerful new work about a small town Australian family, finding hope and embracing life after trauma.

More than a theatre show, Man With The Iron Neck delicately and determinedly addresses the issue of suicide amongst young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, focusing on hope and solace.

When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he starts to idolise 20th century stuntman The Great Peters, who jumped from bridges with a rope around his neck and lived. But the fabled stuntman’s death-defying legend is an impossible dream to follow.

Written by Ursula Yovich, with spectacular aerial performance and video design, this bold and tender story is based on an original work by Josh Bond (Djuki Mala), who created this piece with co-director Gavin Robins (King Kong, How to Train Your Dragon).

Free Healing Workshop

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House 
3pm-5pm, Friday 25 January

Legs On The Wall extends an open invite to any Man With The Iron Neck audience member to take part in a unique healing workshop with David Cole, Darwin based elder and founder of Balunu Foundation. Everyone is welcome, and people who haven't seen the show may attend. 

David Cole's Water Bowls: Challenge of the Warrior workshop 
Contact Sophia Marinos for more info: 
FREE but please register here

This performance contains material that may be distressing to some audience members. Please see Important Info below about trigger warnings for this performance.

"Ursula [Yovich] is already one of Australia's most well-loved performers across stage and television" – SBS

Book your ticket for Fri 25 January at 7.30pm to take part in a Sydney Morning Herald Q&A With the Artists after the performance.

Want to read the script and learn more? Head to Australian Plays here

Important Info

Lockout applies for beginning of show but latecomers will be permitted at an appropriate moment.

This performance contains coarse language, strong adult themes and subject matter relating to suicide that some audience members may find confronting. Restricted to ages 16+. 

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 224 636

Cast and Credits

Images: Brett Boardman

Written by Ursula Yovich, inspired by original work by Josh Bond
Featuring Ursula Yovich, Kyle Shilling, Tibian Wyles, Caleena Sansbury

Co-Director and Original Concept Josh Bond
Co-Director Gavin Robins
Writer Ursula Yovich

Co-Composer Iain Grandage
Co-Composer Steve Francis
Sound Design Michael Toisuta & Jed Silver
Set Designer Joey Ruigrok
Lighting Designer Matt Marshall
Costume Designer Emma Vine
AV Designer Sam James
Dramaturg Steve Rodgers

Producer Cecily Hardy
Associate Producer Sophia Marinos
Legs Artistic Director Joshua Thomson

Head Rigger Andrew Bright
Production Manager Mark Haslam
Stage Manager/Rigger Support Anna Pidgeon
Assistant Rigger/Swing Rigger Chad Albinger
Assistant Stage Manager Letisha Ackland 

Development and Engagement Partner The Balnaves Foundation


23–26 January
$46–$56 + BF
70 mins
"As visually stunning as it is deeply moving"
The Australian
Major Festivals Initiative Sydney Opera House ARA Indigenous Create NSW

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