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World Stage 2008 launches with the Canadian premiere of small metal objects by Australia’s Back to Back Theatre in the Toronto Eaton Centre, January 22 to 26

TORONTO, January 16, 2008Harbourfront Centre is excited to launch World Stage 2008 with small metal objects, an ingenious theatrical gem that unfolds amidst the bustling crowd at the Toronto Eaton Centre. With individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired into an intensely personal drama being played out amid the crowd with passers-by becoming unwitting extras in the unfolding action. Back to Back Theatre comes to Toronto after successful performances at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in New York City, as part of The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival. small metal objects takes place from January 22 to 26 at the Toronto Eaton Centre, entrance at 250 Yonge Street, in front of Sears. Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2008 showcases the best theatre, music and dance from January 22 to May 10. For tickets and information, the public can call
416-973-4000 or visit

Originally performed in a train station in Melbourne, Australia, small metal objects is the story of two seemingly invisible men, Gary and Steve, and the ways in which Western culture isolates those who have traditionally been perceived as less productive including the disabled, the unemployed and communities in the third world. This show unfolds against the high volume pedestrian traffic at the Toronto Eaton Centre where Gary and Steve play a pivotal role in the lives of two ambitious executives they've arranged to meet for a transaction. Seated with headphones, the audience is wired into this personal drama played out in the crowd. The line between spectator and participant dissolves in this unparalleled intimate drama from Australia.

Back to Back Theatre was formed in 1987 in Geelong, Australia, to create theatre with people who are considered to have an intellectual disability, a group of people who, in a culture obsessed with perfection and surgically enhanced ‘beauty,” are the real outsiders, and this position of marginality provides them with a unique and at times subversive view of the world. With Bruce Gladwin as Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre has become one of Australia’s leading creative voices, focusing on moral, philosophical and political questions about the value of individual lives.

Evening performances of small metal objects take place at 6:30 p.m. on January 22, 23 (post-show question & answer session), January 24 and January 25. Matinee performances take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25 and at 1 & 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. Single tickets: $30. 13/13 rush ticket programme: students and seniors can purchase one $13 ticket, per valid ID, cash only, 13 minutes before curtain (subject to availability). Package discounts up to 20%.

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Linda Liontis
Shane Gerard

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