I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
What brings you here tonight?
I have always been a fan of theatre, especially performances that push boundaries and do not conform to theatre's traditional definition. Plus I think there is something truly spectacular about performances that can make you feel something, anything, even if it is happiness, anger or just incredibly uncomfortable. The Touch Industry, performed at a gentleman's club in Brisbane' Fortitude Valley certainly adhered to this criteria and so it was with a slight nervousness and a whole lot of excitement that my fiancé and I entered the Candy Club for an interesting mid-week date night.
We descended the stairs to the bar, grabbed a drink and jumped on a couch up close and personal with the stage and its protruding pole. I would definitely recommend you do the same, because not only was our seat extra comfy but we had the best view of what was a truly engaging and thought-provoking performance.
It was clear when the first heeled foot and uncovered leg hit the couch above our heads that this stimulating show was also going to be very interactive. In fact the wonderful cast and crew combined music, dance, movement, spoken stories and audience interactions to highlight some of the good and a lot of the bad aspects of working in this industry, ensuring that we, as audience members, questioned our assumptions about the ladies that work in strip clubs.
All four actresses are to be commended. They did an amazing job portraying some challenging roles with poise on the sold-out opening night. I was most impressed with their abilities to hold eye contact with individual audience members for longer than what we grow accustomed to in society. I love the theatre, so was thrilled with the uncomfortable contact, but I could feel my partner squirming beside me, unfamiliar with how great it is to be a part of a interactive performance. I don't think he was as excited as I was that we had grabbed a front and center seat. However his feeling of displeasure should not be confused for dislike, because when we left the venue, he enthusiastically explained the many moments he thought made the show a success.
I would like to mention specifically Marsha Navolnyeva. Like the other performers, she was able to embody a number of clever and truthful characters but there was something about the sniffing, disjointed creature she portrayed numerous times throughout the piece that really captured my interest. Her awkward body movements and the incredible control she had over her facial expression made her very interesting to watch.
As our own hens and bucks nights approach, before we book the venues, we were glad to be confronted with the question… what brings you here tonight?