Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - ROSANNA CAN­DLER

FOR once in her life, Annabel Ma­clean is en­joy­ing be­ing the butt of the joke.

The Su­bi­aco ac­tor found in­spi­ra­tion in the most un­likely of places – seven months nurs­ing a polonidal cyst on her up­per but­tocks – to write, pro­duce and per­form her Fringe World de­but Pain In My Arse.

“It was com­pletely ran­dom. I was in Mel­bourne for my sis­ter’s 21st last year and as­sumed I had just drunk­enly fallen over on my coc­cyx,” the 26year-old said.

“It was just get­ting worse and worse the whole week­end.

“I couldn’t sit, couldn’t walk. I couldn’t sleep even with Val­ium. I lit­er­ally wad­dled into the emer­gency depart­ment. They looked at it and said: ‘Yup, that’s not go­ing away with an­tibi­otics’. So they chopped it out.”

A few weeks later, just af­ter mov­ing to Van­cou­ver – ‘the Hol­ly­wood of the north’ – in Canada to pur­sue act­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally, the cyst came back.

“When I found out I had to come home and have surgery again, I thought: ‘A show needs to be writ­ten about this, I need to vent my frus­tra­tions’,” Ma­clean said.

“It has been a re­ally em­bar­rass­ing, frus­trat­ing but ul­ti­mately pos­i­tive thing.

“You have to laugh about it; there re­ally is no other op­tion. Some of the sit­u­a­tions I found my­self in … like hav­ing to bend over and pull my butt cheeks apart for 20-plus doc­tors to look at. Dig­nity was gone.”

Ma­clean said she was look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the au­di­ence’s re­ac­tion and hear­ing them share sto­ries about their own em­bar­rass­ing bod­ies.

“I hope peo­ple will get some­thing out of it, even just to pick up some handy hints if they hap­pen to get a cyst on their but­tocks too,” she said.

“Just have some fun with it, have a drink, have a laugh and sup­port my butt that’s heal­ing in re­cov­ery.”

Al­though her Canada move was cut short, Ma­clean still had time to mark her mark – scor­ing work in Star Trek Be­yond and new TV shows Mi­nor­ity Re­port and The Ma­gi­cians.

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Annabel Ma­clean has writ­ten a show about deal­ing with a pi­lonidal si­nus.

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