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GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH

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Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is poignant, beautiful, disarming, full of vulnerability and sly transparency.

The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh travelling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. As this intrepid hero embarks on his journey a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation.

Cleverly interwoven in the play’s design is the story of a young man inspired to create a play about Ganesh, god of overcoming obstacles. He is an everyman who must find the strength to overcome the difficulties in his own life, and defend his play and his collaborators against an overbearing colleague.

The show is made before our very eyes and takes on its own life. It invites us to examine who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard. It explores our complicity in creating and dismantling the world, human possibility and hope.

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is a work for the near future, seemingly impossible to make.

"[...] the remarkable production [that] never lets you settle into passive acceptance of anything it does. It’s a vital, senses-sharpening tonic for theatergoers who feel they’ve seen it all.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 10 January 2013

"[...] courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre. […] The towering achievement here is to stimulate discussion around issues of cultural appropriation, the rights and responsibilities of those who imagine and speak for others.” – Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 1 October 2011

  • poetic, physical, visual
  • 90
  • 0 total
  • 18+
  • all ages
  • Australian Script Centre


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ARTICLE: 'DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PERFORM THIS?'

BRIGID DELANEY, THEGUARDIAN.COM, 8 AUGUST 2014

"The Back to Back theatre company tackle uncomfortable subject matter in the story of an Indian deity reclaiming the swastika from the Nazis"

INTERVIEW: BRUCE GLADWIN, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

GARETH K VILE, EDINBURGHFESTIVAL.LIST.CO.UK, 31 JULY 2014

"In Ganesh Versus the Third Reich, boundary-pushing theatre company Back to Back imagine the Hindu god Ganesh travelling to Nazi Germany. Gareth K Vile discovers a unique and controversial performance in the making."

REVIEW: GANESH VS THE THIRD REICH

CAMERON WOODHEAD, THE AGE, 1 OCTOBER 2011

"Back to Back's Ganesh vs The Third Reich is courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre."

BACK TO BACK THEATRE

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REVIEW: A GOD IN PURSUIT OF A REDEMPTION

BEN BRANTLEY, NEW YORK TIMES, 10 JANUARY 2013

"It’s not often that you go to the theater these days and find yourself excitedly questioning and rethinking your reactions. Self-examining art, after all, has become such a cozy genre in itself that it rarely startles."

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