Lead­ing ladies

There are for­mi­da­bly tal­ented women tread­ing treadin the boards all over Mel­bourne this t au­tumn.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - INSIDE - By Ben Neutze Edited by Ben Neutze time­out. time­out.com/mel­bourne/the­atre-dance com/ the­atre-

Meet four won­der women star­ring on Mel­bourne’s stages

Anna Lise Phillips Phill plays Wo­man in Wild Un­like some ac­tors who live in the spot­light, Dar­win-born Dar­win-b Anna Lise Phillips is a pri­vate per­son. “I don’t even like it when I ggo into a shop and the shopat­tend­shopat­ten­dant asks me about my my­day,” day,” she says. “So the idea that my my­compu com­puter is watch­ing me24/me24/7 and my mypho phone is lis­ten­ing to tome me – it’s a abit bit ter­ri­fy­ing.” terr Bri­tish play­wright play­wright­mike Mike Bartlett’s Ba Wild deals, in part, with withq ques­tions of pri­vacy and the rapid rap growth of sur­veil­lance. It takes take place in a Moscow Moscowhotel­wher ho­tel where a man is hid­ing af­ter­whistleafter­whistle­blow­ing on the US Us­gov­ern­men gov­ern­ment and its mass sur­veil­lance surveil­lanceof of cit­i­zens. citiz Phillips plays a mys­te­ri­ouswmys­te­ri­ous­woman who ar­rives and tells the man she’s from fromwik­ileaks. Wik­ileaks. Phillips Ph says she was cap­ti­vated by the play’s wit from the first page but is re­luc­tant to re­veal its twists and turns. “It’s kind of like Black Mir­ror on stage, ex­cept at the end you don’t want to slit your wrists,” she says. Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Wild marks Phillips’ first play in five years; she’s been based in LA for the last six, work­ing across film and TV. “I’m a mas­sive fan of writ­ers, and the great thing about the­atre is that the writer al­ways comes first.” The one thing I ad­mire most about ‘Wo­man’: “Her in­tel­li­gence. She’s very sharp and very funny. She’s like a ge­nius clown; ab­so­lutely bril­liant.” Òsouth­bank The­atre, 140 South­bank Blvd, South­bank 3006. 03 8688 0800. www.mtc.com.au. $39$124. May 5-Jun 9.

Anna Lise Phillips in Wild

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