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
What role are sex-bots going to play in our future?
A one-person show is always an exercise in courage and fear. You are alone on the stage, just you and the audience, who are highly attuned to your feelings - feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and trepidation communicate themselves as quickly as whatever you may be intending to let them see.
So it's a brave performer who steps out on a stage, unsupported and unaided except by her trusty Roomba. Michelle Aitken is such a performer. A recent graduate from WAAPA she has put together an experimental performance piece examining the role of women in 'retro sci-fi and cutting edge AI'.
Michelle Aitken in Future's Eve (Photograph courtesy of Michelle Aitken)
Michelle Aitken: "I'm interested in looking at the world through the lens of female experience and asking why are things the way they are, and, how can I make a case for change, I believe that the future is political."
Even one-person shows don't come from one person and the creative team here consists of Michell Aitken, designer: Olivia Tartaglia, composer: Azariah Felton and dramaturg: Andrew Sutherland.
Future's Eve opens on the 5th February at The Common Room, The Paper Mountain Upstairs, 267 William St Northbridge and runs until the 11th February.
Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased on the Perth Fringe World's website here.