Flagship Gold Coast dance theatre company The Farm will this month stage the hometown premiere of their new work, Cockfight, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
The two-man show depicts a generational power struggle between two office workers and has already played to rave reviews in Melbourne and Brisbane. After The Arts Centre Gold Coast season, Cockfight will tour the UK and Chile, the largest international booking for The Farm since the company based themselves on the Gold Coast in 2014.
The Farm’s co-artistic director Gavin Webber, who also co-stars in Cockfight, says he’s proud to bring one of the company’s acclaimed works home to where it all began.
‘To bring Cockfight to Gold Coast audiences on the eve of the show’s first international tour is of course fantastic,’ says Webber, who this year received the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, one of Australia’s highest cultural honours. ‘The Farm could not be happier with how the show has been received and we can’t wait to share it with our local audience, in the same space where we made it.’
Cockfight stars Webber and fellow Farmer Joshua Thomson as two blokes in an office – one older and one younger – whose comical one-upmanship soon erupts into a dangerously physical confrontation.
Webber says audiences will experience an extraordinarily athletic and darkly humorous story of two men fighting it out to be top dog. ‘In the making of the show we broke a lot of props,’ he laughs. ‘On the side of our rehearsal space sat a graveyard of stereos, phones, chairs and lamps… and cut-up neckties.’
Described as ‘an episode of The Office mixed with a cage fight’, Cockfight is a comical, combative and ultimately tender performance that explores masculinity and pushes the limits of physical theatre.
Webber says the real-life interplay between him and co-star Thomson, a long-time creative collaborator, directly affects the office-bound power struggle between their characters. ‘At the heart of the piece is the working relationship of Josh and myself, built over more than a decade,’ he says. ‘We put this relationship into a stark office environment and discovered a power play that was dramatic, complex and funny.’
See Cockfight at The Arts Centre Gold Coast 13-16 September.