Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Can men really talk about their feelings?
There is a strong and growing body of local playwriting talent that can only benefit Perth's theatre scene.
Playwrights like Tom Jeffcote. Jeffcote's previous work (Tough Love, Picasso's Goldfinch) has been described as 'top class' and 'finely crafted'. As well as writing plays, Jeffcote has worked many years as a drug, alcohol and mental health counsellor.
Ben Weirheim and Matthew Kiely in Armour (Photographs courtesy of The Blue Room)
His latest play, Armour, is deeply inspired by his counselling work: "I knew I wanted to write again and I wanted this piece to be about something I really cared about. There is this perception that Australian men don't have feelings because they rarely talk about them. This raised a question in my mind as to whether there is a link between this generalisation and the fact that most suicides in Australia are of men, and I wanted to set this question within an engaging story on the stage."
Danen Engelenberg and Joel Sammels in Armour (Photographs courtesy of The Blue Room)
Armour, directed by the author, is the story of four men on a weekend retreat in the bush to explore their feelings, but it all goes horribly wrong.
The armour of the title is the protective persona we all build around ourselves, to protect ourselves from onslaughts, both external and internal.
The all male cast includes Matthew Kiely, Joel Sammels, Danen Engelenberg and Ben Weirheim.
Armour will run from April 21st to May 9th, at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and are available from 9227 7005, or from the Blue Room's website.