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Back to Back Theatre

Lady Eats Apple

Leave your preconceptions of theatre at the door.

A PIAF co-commission


Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $25–$80

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‘Sensuous, ambiguous ... it's a masterpiece.’

‘A vital sense-sharpening tonic for theatregoers who feel they’ve seen it all.’


Join us on a mythical journey of epic proportions.

An anxious god whips up the universe to garner praise and a new Adam and Eve emerge in the unlikeliest of places. Setting you inside a vast, awe-inspiring inflatable on the Heath Ledger Theatre stage, our latest PIAF co-commission is an awesome exploration of the heavens, the earth and the meaning of life.

This new work from one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies, Back to Back Theatre, is inspired by stories of gods and tragedies such as Macbeth, Genesis, Gilgamesh and Oedipus. Lady Eats Apple is the artfully told story of the inevitability of death, our unique human fragility and the myths and illusions we create to fortify ourselves.


75mins no interval

No latecomers admitted.

Adult themes and strong coarse language.

Please note headphones are supplied and will need to be worn throughout this performance.


Post Show Discussion
Between the Epic and the Everyday: A Conversation with Back to Back Theatre.

Sat 4 Mar, 4.15pm

Join us for an extended conversation about Back to Back Theatre’s latest work Lady Eats Apple.

Back to Back Theatre continues to transform contemporary theatre in Australia and around the world with their unique theatricality and imagination and we are excited to present the multi-award winning company’s most recent work Lady Eats Apple in Perth as part of PIAF 2017. 

Back to Back presents theatre works that are dynamic, evocative and explore the value and limits of humanity. Their work is playful, poignant and always innovative with its staging and content.

This free event is designed to open up a space for discussion about this important company and their new production, Lady Eats Apple. It will also include a panel discussion about some of Back to Back’s most famous works.

Chaired by Ruth Little and Helena Grehan, the event will include responses to the play by Caroline Wake, Helena Grehan and Josephine Wilson who have many years of experience in writing about and responding to theatre projects, followed by a dialogue with members of Back to Back Theatre with opportunities for questions from the floor.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government‘s Major Festivals Initiative, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Carriageworks, Wiener Festwochen, Theater der Welt and with support from the Keir Foundation and Thyne Reid Foundation.

This project has been co-commissioned by Holland Festival.

LADY EATS APPLE has been supported by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016).

This presentation has been supported in its development by the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Coleby Consulting. (First developed in residence at the V&A as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)). 

Dates, Times & Access

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Assistive listening
Touch tour
Wheelchair access

Captioned and Audio Described performance Thur 2 Mar, 8pm

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PIAF Conversations: Between the Epic and the Everyday: A Conversation with Back to Back Theatre

PIAF Conversations: Between the Epic and the Everyday: A Conversation with Back to Back Theatre

Join us for an extended conversation about Back to Back Theatre’s latest work Lady Eats Apple.

PIAF Conversations: Celebrating Other Voices

PIAF Conversations: Celebrating Other Voices

Join a panel discussion with artists who create space for other voices to be heard – the voices of those that may be ignored, marginalised or overwhelmed by the chatter of the mainstream.

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