Shadow Boxing

Shadow Boxing

$19.00 - $29.00

26 - 30 Sep | 50 minutes Emerging Artists Sharehouse - The Living Room


Shadow Boxing by James Gaddas is a challenging solo work that explores masculinities, sexuality, violence and identity. It looks at how human beings create their own fights, both inside and outside of the ring. We meet Flynn late one night after he has made the courageous decision to come out of the shadows. With minimal props and set performer Samuel Addison shows us what brought him to this decision and we witness its aftermath. The character Flynn allows us to delve into the paradoxical nature of humanity. A paradox Gaddas distils through the metaphor of hands: which can be used to create, hold and caress, or to beat, pound and destroy.

Feet First Collective known for its larger scale immersive works Frankenstein, S-27 and MEDUSA. Shadow Boxing follows in the footsteps of the finely etched miniature This Is Where We Live, which toured to Melbourne in 2022 to critical acclaim. It offers the opportunity for the company’s theatrically bold and physically inventive style to be distilled in a one-person show.

About the play:
James Gaddas wrote Shadow Boxing in 1989. Described as “fast paced and physically intense” (George Nott for the Watford Observer) and “haunting [and] poignant” (Beverly Bronnert for Weekend Special) it has been performed widely; including at Edinburgh Fringe, the Brits off Broadway Festival and the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2021 a streamed version produced by Room 15 Theatre and was part of the United Solo Festival. It had its Australian premiere in 1994 it at the Kings Head Theatre in Adelaide in a production by Tamarama Rocks Surfers. Playwright Gaddas is also a British stage and television actor.

Show details

Show details
  • 26 - 30 Sep | 50 minutes
  • Venue 1: Emerging Artists Sharehouse - The Living Room
Performance notes
  • Content warnings: Coarse Language, Discussion of Sexual Violence, Depictions of Violence, Depiction of Sexual Acts
Venue details & accessibility
Emerging Artists Sharehouse - The Living Room

Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville 2043 (Gadigal Country)
Telephone: 0402371004


There is ramp entry to the right of the building. The ramp width varies from 98cm at the entrance to 118cm in the middle. Partial uneven ground out the front. Street parking and accessible parking near by, close to bus stops.

How to enter:
There is ramp entry to the right of the building. The ramp width varies from 98cm at the entrance to 118cm in the middle.Accessible bathroom available ONLY from this performance space, to the left. Hand rails and lowered sink, door opens inwards.

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... a sharp script rendered intense by Beeton and Addison’s high-octane performances.” (Laura Money on This Is Where We Live) The Fourth Wall

” On a bare stage, two young actors play out a story that bleeds... [they] ... are extraordinary... The direction ... has yielded exquisite and heartfelt performances.” (Vicki Renner on This Is Where We Live) Arts Hub

  • Producer / Director / Movement Coach – Teresa Izzard
  • Associate Producer / Designer / Performer – Samuel Addison
  • Dramaturg / Vocal Performance Coach / LGBTQIA+ advisor – Donald Woodbun
Presented by
  • Feet First Collective