"I want an abortion," says the curly-haired, pregnant lesbian to her lover.
I am watching the sixth rehearsal of Chiasmus, a no-holds-barred play featuring castration, abortion and poison, among other things. It all started about a year ago when Gippsland-born theatre enthusiast, writer and director Angus Cameron thought up the first line.
"I'm sick of boring theatre. Most plays feature a character who goes through a lot of hardship. And then the audience is expected to feel sympathy. I'm like, 'This is just boring!' I thought, what is a sentence that is going to thrust the audience right into the middle of an issue, make them ask questions? And I thought of, 'I want an abortion'."
"You'll have to blood your trousers."
"I'd rather not get his boxers dirty."
"No, say it, like, "You HYPOCRITE!"" (complete with hand gestures)
"I hate that line. Let's change it. I don't know why I put it in in the first place."
"I'm getting carried away again," which he said about three times.