The Man With the Iron Neck

Wednesday 1 September, 7.30pm
219 days from now
As visually stunning as it is deeply moving The Australian
One of the most significant new works of theatre in this past decade. Broadway World
****½ This is a powerful piece of theatre with a message. It focuses on Australia’s Indigenous people but reaches out to the community as a whole. Sydney Morning Herald
“heartbreakingly good.” “astonishes with its aerial feats.” “As well as extraordinary moments of physical theatre, the play featured stunningly beautiful projected backdrops The Daily Telegraph
Man With The Iron Neck. seamlessly interweaves extraordinary aerial and physical work with a beautifully written narrative. The Conversation

Presented by Legs on the Wall

Written by Ursula Yovich from an original work by Josh Bond, Directed by Josh Bond and Gavin Robins

A powerful new work about finding hope and embracing life after grief.

More than a theatre show, Man With The Iron Neck tackles the growing rate of suicide amongst young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and provides an eye-opening yet transformative physical theatre experience full of hope for audiences.
When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he starts to idolise Vaudevillian stuntman The Great Peters, and Peters’ ability to jump from bridges with a rope around his neck and survive. Ultimately the fabled stuntman’s death proves to Ash the trick is just that - an impossible dream to follow, waking him from a haze of grief to find his own path to survival.

Written by leading Australian actor Ursula Yovich and featuring Legs On The Wall’s awe-inspiring aerial wizardry, this bold and tender portrait of survival melds text with daring physicality, and moving sound, set and video design.

Running time
1hr 20min no interval
Strong language, Fog/Smoke Effects.


This work contains adult themes and references to suicide that may be distressing to some audience members.



  • Co-Director & Original Concept - Josh Bond
  • Co-Director - Gavin Robins
  • Playwright - Ursula Yovich
  • Senior Creative Producer - Cecily Hardy
  • Dramaturg - Steve Rogers
  • Co-Composers - Iain Grandage & Steve Francis
  • Sound Designers - Michael Toisuta & Jed Silver
  • Set Designer - Joey Ruigrok
  • Costume Designer - Emma Vine
  • Lighting Designer - Matt Marshall
  • Performance Rigger/Counterweight - Andrew Bright

Touring Partners


2019 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Physical and Visual Theatre


  • Wednesday 01 September 2021 7:30 PM

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