Two blokes in an office: one older, one younger.

A cross between The Office and a cage fight, Cockfight is a game of comical one-upmanship that builds to moments of emotive impact, where generational truths are exposed and unpacked. A flash of bared teeth, a territorial pissing contest, the desperation of needing to prove yourself versus the need to hold on to what you’ve got.

Cockfight explores the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body and questions our culture’s desperate struggle for achievement.

A full-throttle mashup of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight sequences, this darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre by newly formed Gold Coast/Berlin company The Farm, sees long-time creative collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge.

Two performers on a stage: one older, one younger.

At The Farm, work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal.

Direction Kate Harman, Julian Louis, Joshua Thomson & Gavin Webber.
Performed by Joshua Thomson & Gavin Webber
Lighting Design Mark Howett
Sound Design Luke Smiles
Set Design Joey Ruigrok & Joshua Thomson
Producers The Farm, in association with Performing Lines and NORPA
Tour Producers Performing Lines in association with Arts on Tour

Banner image by Darcy Grant


2017 | Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile
2017 | Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich, UK
2017 | Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, UK
2017 | Oxford Playhouse at the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, UK
2017 | Cast, Doncaster, UK
2017 | Lighthouse, Poole, UK
2017 | Gulbenkian, Canterbury, UK
2017 | Storyhouse, Chester, UK
2017 | Laban Theatre, London, UK
2017 | The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Gold Coast, QLD
2017 | Arts House, Dance Massive, North Melbourne, VIC

2016 | APAM, QPAC Brisbane, QLD

2015 | Dance North, Townsville, QLD
2015 | Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLD
2015 | NORPA, Lismore, NSW


17 Aug | Empire Theatre, Toowoomba | Get tickets>>
23 + 24 Aug | Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
30 Aug – 1 Sept | Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS | Get tickets>>
4 Sept | Frankston Arts Centre, VIC | Get tickets>>
6 - 8 Sept | Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne VIC | Get tickets>>
12 & 13 Sept | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA | Get tickets>>
15 Sept | Arts Margaret River | Get tickets>>
19 – 22 Sept | MoveMe Festival, State Theatre Centre of WA | Get tickets>>
26 Sept | Canberra Theatre Centre, ACT | Get tickets>>


Narelle Lewis | Producer (National)
[email protected] | +61 (0)2 9319 0066

Emma Corrick | Tour Coordinator (National)
[email protected] | +612 9319 0066

Fenn Gordon | Tandem Works (International)
[email protected] | +61 424 743 705

...intensely theatrical movement with a keen Aussie sense of play and irony never far away
— Courier Mail