‘The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes’ projects insight into the world’s fragmented misconceptions when it comes to disability and how much of this world as a collective perceives ‘difference’ negatively.
Well performed by cast members Simon Laherty , Sarah Mainwaring, & Scott Price from Back to Back theatre company, a neurodiverse theatre company based in Australia.
Each cast members visible disability became heavily overlooked due potent humour, indirect audience rage & views on adaptation, whilst remaining themselves in character. The message elaborated in this production was incredibly touching, inspiring & reflective. The method is simple when they meet in a Town Hall as a trio, to change the way disabled people are viewed, labelled & treated.
The statements highlighted in this play were on derogatory universal language, terminologies towards those who’ve been born with a disability, the internal conflict to why Sarah strongly disliked seeing subtitles up on the screen behind her during the play & her confidence to lead in conversation!
The biggest status quo that lingered during this production was society’s notions about inferiority complex, misfortune, restrictions, exclusion, limitations, various forms of oppression & emotional barriers related to a narrow minded gate thinking, human conditioning & social justice for change.
The Internal questions for the audience explored the framework of re-learning to look beyond the surface & see people as people without critical judgments! The play explores objective thoughts on disability, repositioning power status to embody strength, charisma, leader influence within politics, non – discriminatory job opportunities; free from harassment, pain & societal neglect… I couldn’t agree more!
Most importantly, are the people who’ve labelled themselves as mentally & physically stronger unaware of the rising epidemic ‘intellectual disability’ a phenomenon which’ll dumb down emotions, ability to think & physically restrict human beings from being able to function, haven given too much of their strengths over to the powers that be without a sense of self or acknowledgement on how this phenomenon will impact our future generations wellbeing, health, mental state & cognitive ability.
From Autism, Asberger’s syndrome to other physical & learning disabilities; are we about to realise a major disadvantage due to AI? Will Artificial Intelligence treat disabilities futuristically & Intellectually disable – if so, can it be stopped in time or are we already walking daily towards a tech weapon of mass destruction?
A truly reflective, deep & well performed show to help educate, raise awareness & help create social change amongst communities! This insightful production will be touring to Brighton and Leeds until 5th Nov! Grab a ticket, you won’t regret it ;)).