Home' LOTL : February 2005 Contents larrikin energy about Australians that
allows them to see the grey areas. They
won't see things just one way or another.
"Australians are my quintessential
audience. They can think like the English
the enthusiasm of Americans. Australian
women in particular have really got their
heads screwed on."
When I ask her why she wanted to be a
mermaid she laughs: "Well they're topless
for a start! They're sexy. And they live in
a magical world under water."
Funnily enough, I think Susana Ventura
did become a kind of mermaid. Apart
from being sexy and, I imagine, not averse
to being topless, Penny Arcade is too kind,
too funny and too conscious of humanity's
flaws to be truly part of it. It is almost
that she is able to make talk of injustice
and pain so hilarious.
"It's about twisting the sorrow into
laughter," she says. And you can expect to
laugh hysterically. e
Penny Arcade in Rebellion Cabaret,
February 26 and 27, March 1-4, The
Studio SOH $30/25, bookings
(02) 9250 7777.
CECILIA MINOGUE SPOKE TO HELEN
PARIS, HALF OF LONDON-BASED
PERFORMANCE ART DUO 'CURIOUS'
WHO BRING THREE INTRIGUING SHOWS
TO MARDI GRAS.
On the Scent is about smell and memory
and uses separate performances
experienced by 4 audience members at a
time. What led you to structure the piece
this way and to present it in a home rather
than a theatre?
We want the experience to be almost that of
guests coming into a home and the small
audience number allows for this. Also,
working with smell is quite a challenge as its
ephemeral 'un-pin-down-able' nature makes
it quite a tricky...customer. Using the
different rooms of the house allows us to
'seal in' smells and create very different
worlds for the audience members to enter.
Tell us about the inspiration for Family
Hold Back, a darkly comic take on the
English dinner table?
Family Hold Back deals with codes of
behaviour. On its surface these codes are very
British and are about class, manners, ways of
behaving and the piece has a lot of humour in
it. However, if you look under the surface,
the piece really sets out to explore something
more insidious -- secret codes, the dominance
of white men's codes, secret societies, what
goes on under the table of the men in suits.
And Smoking Gun? I read that your
performance partner Leslie Hill is
descended from both cowboys and indians.
With Smoking Gun and Family Hold Back
we play ironically with the US/UK special
relationship, with each of us writing from the
very particular experiences of our very
particular countries! e
On the Scent, (venue TBC) February 19 &
20, $15/10, bookings essential (02) 9698
7235. Smoking Gun & Family Hold Back,
The Studio SOH, February 23 - 25, 8.15pm,
$28/$22, bookings (02) 9250 7777
Photo: Hugo Glendinning
There is a larrikin
allows them to see
the grey areas.
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