From student to starring role
The company agreed with McKay and cast her in playwright David Ives’ two-hander work alongside Adam Booth, which will show at Studio Underground during Fringe World from January 15.
McKay heard the exciting news a month before graduating from WAAPA, capping off a year where she won the 2014 Sally Burton Award for best female performance
“It was wonderful, especially because Black Swan is a nurturing company for graduating actors,” she said.
“It was lovely to have that reassurance they had faith in me as an actor.”
Directed by Lawrie Cullen-Tait, Venus in Fur follows the story of New York playwright Thomas (Booth) who confuses fact with fiction when meeting fiery actor Vanda (McKay).
“It’s provocative, seductive, definitely pushes the boundaries and is extremely sensual for Adam and myself playing the roles,” she said.
“It’s full of energy and role play, gender politics and the dynamic between men and women and the intricate relationship that involves.
“The play has caused a bit of a scandal about the violence against women, but it is really about empowering women.”
McKay said her character Vanda was full of opinions and it was her job as an actor not to judge whether they were right or wrong, but to find the truth and universality in them.
“I think the greatest challenge will be con- veying every moment and every line with the truth and the integrity it deserves because that’s what the playwright has written,” she said.
“To not serve that is to not serve the writing.”
Having grown up in Central West, NSW, McKay will move to Sydney following the Venus inFur season.
and Adam Booth as Thomas.