The Farm

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Press Reviews

“Its physicality is masterful and its comedy biting”

“A fun-filled romp combining humour and impressive physicality, sure to please comedy and dance fans alike.”

“At times broadly comedic, with a Buster Keaton-esque physicality on show, Cockfight switches effortlessly to moments of beauty and poignancy”

“The two performers give it their all – by the time the 70-minute work reaches its tightly knotted finale the pair are sweat-soaked and breathless. Entertainment and artistry are well balanced”

Cockfight is a darkly comedic work that confronts the mindless violence associated with intergenerational male rivalry.”

“Comprising testosterone — fuelled, one-upmanship sequences, the work is physical theatre at its most extreme: bodies slam into walls and office furniture, and perilous interlocking rolls, tackles and lunges fling performers through space.”

“Performances from Thomson and Webber were exemplary in every aspect.”

And it is sidesplittingly hilarious and beautifully athletic and graceful.”

I found the slow-mo fight sequences packed the greatest punch. Gavin and Josh made these look completely effortless but clearly these required the utmost strength and focus.”

I love the cinematic quality to the office set design by Joey Ruigrok and Josh Thomson. Not only did the set contain the action via its three walls, but also it provided – literally – a launching pad for the performers to throw themselves full throttle at each other.“

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Originally commissioned by NORPA and supported by DanceNorth, Townsville; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cairns (COCA); Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts, and toured by Performing Lines. The Farm is supported by the Gold Coast City Council. UK tour is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and presented by Dance Touring Partnership. Photos by Darcy Grant and Kate Holmes

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