The young Sydney actress, an award-winner from last year’s talented crop of WAAPA acting graduates, has everything it takes to make it to the top in the competitive world of film and theatre.
Not only is she gorgeous looking, with a body to die for, she is also remarkably versatile, as she demonstrates in her demanding role in this intriguing new play.
With Adam Booth, the confused playwright Thomas who is a creditable foil for the unpredictable actress Vanda, McKay is onstage without a break for 90 minutes of fast-moving action.
She turns up as a brash gum-chewing Brooklyn blow-in clad in skimpy black leathers, persuades Thomas to let her try out for a role in his play, then, as they read the parts together, transforms herself from a sweet young thing in a long white dress to a whip-cracking dominatrix.
As they get further into the drama, the line between reality and stage begins to blur. His character in the play – or is it the playwright himself? – longs for a beautiful lover to dominate him absolutely. Vanda makes him realise you should be careful what you wish for.
The play is sometimes confusing but always entertaining. It is directed by Lawrie Cullen-Tait, who also designed the clever costumes.
Venus In Fur plays at Studio Underground in the State Theatre Centre until February 8.
Images: Gary Marsh Photography