As the scent of incense permeates the intimate stage, the red chiffon curtain is drawn to reveal Arizona Snow (actress Marika Marosszeky), practising yoga moves in front of the Hindu goddess Vishnu. Audience members seated upon plush cushions surrounding the stage, are transported to a hotel room in Mumbai in 2008 during the uprising when the British and Americans were being targeted by terrorists. Snow is trying to relax but troubled thoughts belie her calm exterior.
Clever stage props, Indian music, incense and subtle lighting clearly evoke the feeling of being in India. Latest Sly Rat Theatre Co production Foreign Bodies, Mockingbird Theatre Director Chris Baldock’s latest theatre production, centres around two characters, retired American porn actress and successful business woman Arizona Snow and Australian journalist and sometime fan Martin Morecombe (played by artistic co-director of Sly Rat Theatre Co Alan Chambers) who is sent to Mumbai to interview her about her prolific porn career, new Bollywood film and recent published memoir.
The two foreigners offer two completely opposing opinions on pornography. Snow is comfortable with her sexuality, and her career, whilst cynical, repressed and awkward Morecombe judges her instead of being impartial. Sadly Morecombe’s view is shared by many men about the porn industry.
For seventy intense minutes Snow and Morecombe engage in a power struggle and try to outdo each other, in the process expose their vulnerabilities and secrets. Foreign Bodies starts boldly and is completely engaging except for a few slow patches in the later half of the play. A stunning, brave and honest performance by Marosszeky- she completely embodies the character of Snow. Chambers is equally as convincing as Morecombe, his portrayal inciting dislike for his character amongst the throng.
Intelligently written by Andy Harmsen Foreign Bodies explores derogatory cliches about sexuality, the objectification of women, jealousy, morality and provokes discussion of ones own views long after the the curtains are drawn. Titillating, funny, confronting and raw, Foreign Bodies offers an immediate, thought provoking, and moving experience for those disenchanted with a virtual, commercial world infiltrated with the ephemeral. A must see for any theatre goer.
Wednesday 28 October – Friday 30 October 8pm
Saturday 31 October 5pm and 8pm
Where: The Owl and Cat 34 Swan St, Richmond
Tickets: $26.00 Full / $22.00 Concession, (+ Booking Fee) Preview Thursday October 22 $15.00
Cast: Alan Chambers, Marika Marosszeky
Warning: The play contains violence, nudity, sexually explicit action and language.
Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/155361 or email