Cather­ine Davies plays Natalie in Go­ing Down

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Cather­ine Davies spent most of 2017 tour­ing with Bell Shake­speare’s con­tem­po­rary take on

The Mer­chant of Venice, but in 2018 she re­turns to her first pas­sion: new Aus­tralian plays. Michele Lee’s Go­ing Down – which Davies com­pares in style to the US TV com­edy Broad

City – fol­lows Natalie Yang, an Asian-aus­tralian writer thrown into an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis, seek­ing to break free from the ex­pec­ta­tions of writ­ers of her cul­tural back­ground. “I want to think it came into my life right at the mo­ment when I was ques­tion­ing and in­ter­ro­gat­ing ev­ery­thing to do with dis­place­ment and iden­tity, but the truth is that could have been any time in my life­time,” says Davies, who like Natalie is a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Asian wo­man. The play, a co-pro­duc­tion be­tween Malt­house The­atre and Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany, is full of sex­u­ally ex­plicit hu­mour that might seem daunt­ing to de­liver on stage. “An ex­cel­lent clown­ing teacher once told me to be a good clown you had to ‘sit in the shit’,” Davies says. “Natalie is that per­son­i­fied. In fact, she’s neck deep in the metaphor. And I’m go­ing to have to be right in there with her. I’d be ly­ing if I said I wasn’t sweat­ing at the thought of hav­ing the spot­light on not just me as an ac­tor, but ar­eas of my life that re­ally af­fect me on a deep, per­sonal level.” The one thing I ad­mire most about Natalie: “I’m of­ten overly apolo­getic about my ideas, pres­ence and lean on far more self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour, whereas Natalie is a com­pletely open ves­sel ... I think she’s in­cred­i­bly brave.” Òmalt­house The­atre, 113 Sturt St, South­bank 3006. 03 9685 5111. malt­housethe­atre.com.au. $35-$72. May 10-Jun 3.

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