OUR HAPPY HUNT­ING GROUND

Stirling Times - - Lifestyle - Sara Fitz­patrick

WHEN you men­tion ‘the Bali hol­i­day’ to a Perth lo­cal, they al­ready know what the va­ca­tion looks like, says home­grown the­atre maker Chris Isaacs.

“The pool­side drink­ing, the bar­ter­ing at the mar­kets, the type of Aus­tralian trav­eller, and the loud­ness and un­couth­ness of it all; there are so many things that come to mind and that helps us as sto­ry­tellers,” he said.

“Also, there’s the way peo­ple act dif­fer­ently there to how they do here: I’ve seen some shock­ing be­hav­iour from peo­ple stay­ing at the same ho­tel as me. It was dis­gust­ing and em­bar­rass­ing re­ally.

“I think when peo­ple go on hol­i­day, they feel they have a li­cence to be a cer­tain way.”

Bali is the lo­cale and name­sake of Isaac’s lat­est pro­duc­tion. Found­ing mem­ber of Perth the­atre col­lec­tive The Last Great Hunt, Isaac per­forms in the com­edy along­side fel­low mem­ber and ac­tor­writer Jef­frey Jay Fowler.

The guys re­visit char­ac­ters Jimmy and Cor­gan from their 2015 hit show FAG/STAG, ex­plor­ing priv­i­lege, class and the tourist in us all.

Three years on, the best friends are tak­ing a trip to cel­e­brate Cor­gan’s mum’s 60th birth­day.

“They have changed, they’re dif­fer­ent peo­ple – three years is a long time – and there are lit­tle dif­fer­ences to how they act with each other and how they look at the world around them,” Isaacs said.

“With both char­ac­ters, we’ve taken truths of not just our­selves but peo­ple we know and blended them into both char­ac­ters, so there’s a part of me in Cor­gan and also in Jimmy.”

Isaacs said FAG/STAG looked at mas­culin­ity and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two men, while Bali high­lighted how get­ting what you want can af­fect some­body else.

“It sounds a bit corny but if au­di­ence mem­bers can walk out of the the­atre and think, ‘I should treat other peo­ple bet­ter’ then that is a nice thing to have hap­pen,” he said.

Chris Isaacs and Jef­frey Jay Fowler.

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