The Farm Cockfight - photo by Darcy GrantTwo blokes in an office. One older, one younger. A cross between The Office and a cage-fight, this game of comical one-upmanship builds to a moment of impact where everything is suspended. A flash of bared teeth, the desperation of needing to prove yourself vs the need to hold on to what you’ve got.

Cockfight is a poetic look at the power play that occurs between men and the frailty of the body. It is evocative of age and passing time and questions our culture’s desperate desire for achievement. Without each other these two performers have nothing left to fight for.

Skilfully enacting a full-throttle mash-up of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight sequences, this darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre by Gold Coast/Berlin company The Farm, sees long-time collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge. Their humour, trust and understanding allows them to take extreme physical risks that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

At The Farm work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. Creating physical performances that show the fragility and strength of the human condition, The Farm aims to defy expectations, including their own. Work ranges from traditional theatre and dance to outdoor installations, film and immersive theatrical experiences.

Directors: Kate Harman, Julian Louis, Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber for The Farm Performers: Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber Lighting Design: Mark Howett Sound Design: Luke Smiles Set Design: Joey Ruigrok, Joshua Thomson Producers: Performing Lines and The Farm

Meat Market, 36 Courtney Street, North Melbourne
Season: 24 – 26 March 2017

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Image: Cockfight – photo by Darcy Grant