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
Men are the only ones with the right to talk about women
Sexual abuse, overt and covert, secretive and manipulative is much in the news these days and we men are gradually being shown what it is like to be a woman in a predatory world.
Soup, by new theatre company Deadly Entertainment is a play that explores this divisive and sensitive issue for the Perth Fringe World.
Protagonist Chelsea and her older sister Lisa, her sister-in-law Jess, and roommate Kim explore the convoluted and confused world of relationships as Chelsea reveals her innermost secrets.
In a stunning twist, all female roles are played by men - Maximillian Strzelecki, Sean Crofton, Patrick McCarthy and Isaac "Spike" Powell.
Ana Neves directing her cast in Soup (Photograph by Marshall Stay)
Author and director Ana Neves: "This genderbender of the characters aims to highlight how in today's world, an issue that is important and very personal is still generally handled and controlled by people who will never have to consider their personal health when it comes to these issues. "Because Men are the only ones with the right to talk about Women's bodies."
Soup is courageous satire, pure and simple, with all the risks and pitfalls that await pure satire, walking a fine line between revelation and travesty.
Soup opens on the 30th January at the Supper Room in the Perth Town Hall, 601 Hay Street, Perth at 7:30pm and runs until the 4th February.
Tickets cost from $21 to $26 and may be purchased on the Fringe World website here.