From stu­dent to star­ring role

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life -

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.


Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d430759

and Adam Booth as Thomas.

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