Felicity McKay and ...Photograph Robert Frith

Felicity McKay and Adam Booth are the hot-blooded protagonists in Venus in Fur       Photograph Robert Frith


 Black Swan Theatre’s kinky two-hander Venus In Fur is a perfect vehicle for up-and-coming star Felicity McKay to show her versatility.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The play is sometimes confusing but always entertaining. It is directed by Lawrie Cullen-Tait, who also designed the clever costumes.

 

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Venus In Fur plays at Studio Underground in the State Theatre Centre until February 8.

 

Images:  Gary Marsh Photography

 

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