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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

London, New York, Geelong – Back To Back Theatre Brings Acclaimed Production Home

Victor P Taffa

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu has encouraged Victorians to go and see the internationally-acclaimed production Ganesh Versus the Third Reich from Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre ahead of its upcoming season at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC).

Premier Baillieu said Back to Back Theatre, which has just returned from a US tour, was a great Geelong success story and a company that all Victorians could be proud of.

“Back to Back is an extraordinary and innovative company that works here in Geelong to create performances that are hot property on both local and international stages.” Premier Baillieu said.

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, which premiered at the 2011 Melbourne Festival, has already wowed crowds and critics in London, Rotterdam, Vienna and New York and GPAC will be the only place in Australia to see the show this year.”

Back to Back, which was established in 1987, creates theatre with an ensemble of actors living with a disability. Ganesh Versus the Third Reich has been described as a play within a play. It follows a group of actors as they devise a show about Hindu god Ganesh travelling to Nazi Germany to reclaim the swastika as a symbol for good.

“Back to Back has built a reputation for breaking down barriers both on and off stage, and for creating theatre works that are bold, visually arresting and full of heart.” Premier Baillieu said.

“After stunning audiences and critics both in Melbourne and abroad, Back to Back has brought this production home for the local community to experience, further proof that no matter where you are in Victoria, you can see the best of the arts right in your own backyard.”

In 2012 Ganesh Versus the Third Reich received three Green Room Awards and the Helpmann Award for Best Play. Following Back to Back’s London tour, it also featured on The Guardian newspaper’s Top Ten Best Theatre list for 2012.

Premier Baillieu said Back to Back’s recent US tour, which garnered rave reviews, was one of 22 touring and cultural exchange projects to be supported through the latest round of International program funding through Arts Victoria.

“All Victorian governments have proudly supported Back to Back since its inception and the Coalition Government is proud to continue to support their endeavours as they demonstrate nationally and internationally not just their own ground-breaking work, but the amazing arts sector we have here in Victoria.” Premier Baillieu said.

Back to Back Theatre’s Ganesh Versus the Third Reich season at GPAC runs from 28 February – 3 March.


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