CoCa Presents: Cockfight


Media Release:

A Fight Between Young and Old



Cairns, 21st September, 2015 –  A moving performance about life’s challenges between two differently aged men as they fight for the role of power in an office, Cockfight is a dynamic on stage performance showcasing extreme athleticism and physical theatre in an entertaining one-hour show. 


Opening at the Centre of Contemporary Arts on Friday, October 9 at 7.30pm, and presented by the Physical Theatre Company, The Farm, Performing Lines and the Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cockfight will provoke and excite in equal measure while sharing the story of two men (one older, one younger) who push each other to their limits in an hilarious and ultimately tender piece of physical theatre.


At the heart of Cockfight is a very real relationship between dancers Joshua Thomson (31 years old) and Gavin Webber (48 years old).  


“The show is pretty universal, it’s about men but anyone can relate because in the end we are all implicated in the themes of loss, redundancy, the consequences of winning, achievement versus relationships, ageing and the power of youth,” Thomson said. 


Cockfight is a poetic performance between two men as it questions culture’s desperate desire for achievement and the power play between the two performers, whom without each other have nothing left to fight for.


“In the end Cockfight is funny because you are watching someone at the end of their career doing something they no longer should.


“Cockfight is about both of us and the transition of power from him to me. Sure he used to be my boss but now I prop him up,” Thomson added. 



The performance will run over two days on Friday and Saturday, October 9-10. A workshop will also be held by The Farm, giving local dancers the opportunity to develop their dance skills and learn from industry professionals. 


It is also a rare opportunity to see a show of this calibre ahead of Australia’s capital cities. Cockfight has been developed in partnership with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and co-produced by CoCA and Dancenorth.


Cockfight opens on Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets are A$29 and C$24 and can be purchased online at





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Tanya Snelling

Strategic PR

P 0417 202 663



About Cockfight: Cockfight is a work for two performers (Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson) developed by The Farm in partnership with guest artist Julian Louis. Powerful and dangerous physical performance, Cockfight is woven around the lives of two men from different generations, trapped in an office. Existing side by side, sharing space, resources, time, responsibility, they justify their existence in relation to each other. Their conflict is under the skin and mixed with a fierce co-dependency underpinning their physical action. These two men need each other to survive, their battle is in the air they breathe and the walls that close them in. 


About the Company: Based on the Gold Coast with roots in Berlin, The Farm is an international network of highly respected artists, ranging from choreographers and independent dancers to musicians and designers. The artistic direction of the company is led by Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood who have been making work together for the past fifteen years across four continents. The Farm works out of Queensland but retains and builds on its national and international pedigree and touring record. Touring highlights include, Venice Biennale, Tanzplattform (Germany), Barbican Theatre, Europe, Canada and Australia. 


Creative Team: Cockfight was developed by members of The Farm with guest artist Julian Louis. At The Farm work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal. 

Directed by Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber, Kate Harman, Julian Louis, 

Performers Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber 

Lighting Design Mark Howett 

Sound Design Luke Smiles 

Set Design Joey Ruigrok and Joshua Thomson 

Producer Performing Lines