• Canada
Robert Lepage/Ex Machina

The Far Side of the Moon

Pure theatrical magic from a visionary director.


‘Lepage at his very best, showing his talent for forging unexpected connections and appealing simultaneously to hearts and minds.’

- The Guardian (UK)

To see a show from Canada’s visionary director Robert Lepage is to experience pure theatrical magic.

His smash hit The Far Side of the Moon is a spellbinding, funny and technically exquisite exploration of both inner and outer space performed as a one-man show. Publicly the race to the moon is consuming Americans and Russians, while privately two estranged brothers are brought together by their mother’s death. Phillipe is a shy philosopher struggling with his thesis about the effect of space travel on popular culture. Andre is a successful TV weatherman and extrovert, who sees the galaxy’s mysteries more pragmatically.

This visually stunning production brings together compelling storytelling, ingenious effects and an atmospheric score from composer Laurie Anderson, and is performed by Yves Jacques.

Don’t miss your chance to experience a masterpiece from a theatrical magician.

Image: Sophie Grenier

The detail


Tickets from $25 - $85 + BF

Premium Friend $77 / Adult $85
A-Reserve Friend $68 / Concession $72 / Adult $75
B-Reserve Adult $36



2hrs no interval


Cast & Crew

Writer & Director Robert Lepage
Performer Yves Jacques
Script Consultant Adam Nashman
Artistic Collaborator & Project Originator Peder Bjurman
Director’s Assistant Pierre-Philippe Guay
Original Music Composed & Recorded by Laurie Anderson © 2000 Difficult Music (BMI)
Assistant Set Designer Marie-Claude Pelletier
Assistant Lighting Designer Bernard White
Costume Designer Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt 
Puppet Designers Pierre Robitaille, Sylvie Courbron
Puppeteer Éric Leblanc
Set Consultant Carl Fillion
Images produced by Jacques Collin, Véronique Couturier
Audio Editor Jean-Sébastien Côté
Production Manager Louise Roussel
Technical Coordinator Michel Gosselin
Technical Director Dany Beaudoin
Production Manager (Touring) Vanessa Landry-Claverie
Tour Manager Léa Touzé
Technical Director (Touring) Olivier Bourque
Stage Manager Francis Beaulieu
Lighting Manager Félix Bernier-Guimond
Sound Manager Caroline Turcot
Video Manager Steve Montambault
Costume & Props Manager Isabel Poulin
Stagehands Emmanuelle Nappert, Jean-Félix Labrie
Set Building Unissons Structures, Les Conceptions Visuelles Jean-Marc Cyr
Host’s Voice Normand Bissonnette, Martine Rochon

Additional music Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, Naima by John Coltrane, I Gaze at the Moon by Michael White, Space Dryer by Michael White
Soviet Space Images The Ultimax Group, Inc.

Director’s Agent Lynda Beaulieu
Produced by Ex Machina
Co-producers Aarhus Festuge; Auckland Arts Festival; Festspillene i Bergen; Berliner Festspiele, Berlin; BITE:03, Barbican, London; Bonlieu scène nationale, Annecy; Cal Performances, University of California at Berkeley; Change Performing Arts, Milan; Cultural Industry Ltd., London; Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg; Dublin Theatre Festival; Espace Malraux  Scène Nationale Chambéry-Savoie; Festival de Otono, Madrid; Festival Internacional Santiago A Mil; FIDENA, Bochum; Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; La Comète scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne; La Coursive, scène nationale La Rochelle; Le Manège, Maubeuge Mons; Le Théâtre du Trident, Québec; Le Volcan Maison de la Culture, Le Havre; Les Cultures du Travail – Forbach 2000, Forbach; Le Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg; Les Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon; Les Halles de Schaerbeek; Maison des Arts, Créteil; Northern Stage at Newcastle Playhouse; Onassis Cultural Center, Athens; Perth Festival; Pilar de Yzaguirre – Ysarca, Madrid; Schauspielhaus Zurich; Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo; SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, Vancouver; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Sydney Festival; Tallinna Linnateater; Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre; Théâtre de Namur; Teatro Nacional São João, Porto; Théâtre d’Angoulême, Scène Nationale; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; Théâtre de Sartrouville & des Yvelines; Theatre Royal Plymouth; The Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, New York; The Irvine Barclay Operating Company; The Lowry, Salford Quays; The Royal National Theatre, London; TNT-Théâtre National de Toulouse; Tramway Dark Lights, Glasgow; UC Davis Presents, Davis; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Wiener Festwochen, Wien; LG Center, Seoul


Post Show Conversation

Fri 23 Feb, 9.30pm


Additional Info

Strobe and haze effects, adult themes


Schools Info

Student Tickets $16

To book School Group Tickets to The Far Side of the Moon please email groups.perth@ticketek.com.au

The Far Side of the Moon is an unmissable opportunity for drama students to see Robert Lepage’s seminal contemporary theatre work.

Explore the techniques Robert Lepage uses to create performance material. Delivered by Lepage experts from WAAPA, this workshop will give students the opportunity to experiment with approaches to theatre making based on Lepage’s idea that transformation is central to the theatre making process. Find out more.


Heath Ledger Theatre


22 Feb - 24 Feb 2018

Fri 23 Feb 2018, 7.30 PM
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 1.30 PM
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 7.30 PM



  • Wheelchair access
  • Tactile Tour
  • Captioned Performances
  • Audio Described
  • Assistive Listening

Captioned Performance 24 Feb
Audio description 24 Feb
Tactile tour 24 Feb

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