The Forwards is a raw theatre experience that doesn’t let the audience sit on the sidelines.

The tragicomedy about footy, friendship and small town rivalries aims to blur the line between actor and audience.

Director Stefo Nantsou says the unique show features multi-talented performers who bring a strong physicality to their roles.

“It’s not a bunch of characters sitting around talking about their problems,” he says.

“It’s people doing what they do — kicking a ball, dancing to a band down the pub, going to parties, being in dangerous situations, holding secrets, cheating, gambling, raising hopes and disappointing loved ones.”

The Forwards takes place in a small town where nothing ever happens — except the footy.

The town is buzzing as the local team, the Pintoon Parrots, makes it to the Grand Final, led by their three star forwards, Rabbit, Hoges and Tractor. In the lead-up to the final, however, tensions boil over.

Grog and jealousy come together to form a lethal cocktail as mateship gives way to anger and violence, leading to devastating repercussions for the star trio.

Performed by Shock Therapy Productions, The Forwards was a hit at Bleach* Festival in April, and is now coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Visy Theatre, where Shock Therapy staged a Matilda Award-winning season of The Pillowman in 2015.

The show features a live musical score, which will be performed by two musicians on stage, complementing the high-octane physical action.

The Forwards will play at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 14-24 June. For more information and tickets, visit our event guide.