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
Dave Allen used to tell a joke about a sadist who picked up a masochist at a bar. They go home and the masochist begs 'Beat me!' And with a curl of his cruel lip, the sadist says 'No.'
Adam Booth and Felicity McKay in Venis in Fur (Photograph by Gary Marsh Photograph)
Masochism, the taking of sexual pleasure from submission, degredation and pain is named for Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian writer whose book Venus in Furs, was one book of a proposed cycle called The Legacy of Cain, which never eventuated, but nevertheless has excercised considerable influence over Western thought and literature.
Venus in Furs, published in 1869, is the wellspring of the inspiration for playwright David Ives' two-handed play Venus in Fur. Hugely successful off-Broadway in 2010 and on Broadway itself a year later, the play has now been brought to Perth at the Heath Ledger theatre.
The plot is a play about a book. Thomas is adapting Venus in Furs for the stage and is looking for an actress to play Vanda - he finds an actress con-incedientally called Vanda.
Adam Booth and Felicity McKay (Photograph by Daniel Grant Photography)