Man With The Iron Neck

As visually stunning as it is deeply moving”

The Australian

Man With The Iron Neck… seamlessly interweaves extraordinary aerial and physical work with a beautifully written narrative.”

The Conversation

A new work from one of Australia’s leading physical theatre companies tells the story of an Australian family – three Aboriginal kids from a small town – and how two choose to survive when one is lost.

When Ash loses his best friend Bear to suicide, he becomes obsessed with early-20th-century stunt man The Great Peters – AKA ‘The Man With The Iron Neck’ – whose most famous stunt saw him jump off bridges with a rope tied around his neck, and live. The Great Peters embodied both life and death, but in the end what he promises is impossible.

Inspired by an original work by Co-Director Josh Bond, this daring and delicate show brings him together with Co-Director Gavin Robins and formidable writer/actor Ursula Yovich. Joined by some of Australia’s best artists, they weave together text, aerial performance, and ambitious set and video design.

Man With The Iron Neck is a story about embracing life, told with humour, poignancy and love.

Man With The Iron Neck has strong adult themes and subject matter that some audience members may find confronting.

Front-of-House staff will be on hand to assist audience members during and after the performance. 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 22 46 36

This performance contains course language and strong adult themes that some may find confronting. Suitable for audiences 16+ years.



Joshua Bond & Gavin Robins

Original Concept
Joshua Bond

Ursula Yovich

Steve Rodgers

Composer & Sound Design
Iain Grandage

Set Design
Joey Ruigrok

Lighting Design
Matt Marshall

Costume Designer
Emma Vine

Sound Associates
Stephen Francis & Michael Toisuta

AV Designer
Sam James

Caleena Sansbury
Kyle Shilling
Tibian Wyles
Ursula Yovich

Head Rigger
Andrew Bright

Production Manager
Mark Haslam

Stage Manager / Rigger Support
Anna Pigeon

Assistant Stage Manager
Letisha Ackland

Legs on the Wall

Tour Producer
Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This production is now managed by Legs on the Wall.

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Presentation History

Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane, QLD
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Full Presentation History for Man With The Iron Neck

Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane, QLD
Sydney Festival
Sydney, NSW
Adelaide Festival
Adelaide, SA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.