A new work by The Farm. Co-produced by NORPA and Performing Lines



Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits in this hilarious and ultimately tender piece of physical theatre. These men challenge each other in a series of comical one-upmanships that build to a moment of impact where everything is suspended, the flash of bared teeth, the mutual reliance on the fight, the desperation and loneliness of success.

Cockfight is a poetic look at the power play that occurs between men and the frailty of the body. It is evocative of age and passing time and questions our culture’s desperate desire for achievement. Without each other these two performers have nothing left to fight for.

At the heart of Cockfight is a very real relationship between Josh and Gav who have been working together for many years. Their humour, trust and understanding allows them to take extreme physical risks that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Bringing together the inventive theatricality of physical theatre company THE FARM with NORPA’s Artistic Director Julian Louis, Cockfight will provoke and excite in equal measure.

Come and see what happens when these two men give it all they’ve got.

Creative team

Performers Josh Thomson & Gavin Webber
Sound Design Luke Smiles
LX Design Mark Howett
Outside eyes Julian Louis and Kate Harman
Set Design by Josh Thomson in consultation with Joey Ruigrok
Co-produced by Performing Lines & NORPA

Cockfight was developed by members of THE FARM with guest artist Julian Louis. At THE FARM work is made in collaboration; everyone involved brings something to the creative process that shapes the piece. All animals are equal.


Adult $49
Senior $44
Concession $42
U18 $22

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Adult $40
Senior $36
Concession $34
U18 $18

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The Farm Masterclass

Saturday 19th September
5-6pm
The Studio, Lismore City Hall

A physical theatre workshop with The Farm for professional dancers.
Led by Kate Harman, Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber.
Limited Spaces – only 30 spaces
Cost | $20
Contact the Lismore City Hall Box Office on 1300 066 772 for more details about the workshop. Payment will need to be made before the masterclass.

Workshop participants are also able to purchase a ticket to the performance of Cockfight at the concession price.



Join THE FARM and NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis for a Q&A session after the performance on Thursday 17 September.


Bar and pop-up diner open from 6pm. Alfresco dining on the Lismore City Hall forecourt. Sorry, no BYO.

For more information about the making of Cockfight read here



Photos by Kate Holmes