Bare Naked to play on power

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

Exploring sexism, dominance and abuse in show business especially relevant today, Bare Naked Theatre Company yet again takes on challenging material in its latest production of Venus in Fur.

The play takes place in the audition room of the play Venus in Fur and, through the interaction of the two leads Thomas Novachek and Vanda Jordan, examines the power relationships between men and women in theatrical tradition.

Director John Lee told the Timesthe content hit on prevalent issues brought to light after recent controversies involving men such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and the accusations against their sexual misconduct.

“This play is especially relevant in how it looks at the power dynamics in theatre and show business,” he said.

“Bare Naked Theatre’s philosophy is always to look for materials that challenge both audience and actors, in presenting difficult roles and content that needs to be examined.

“It’s MA15+ … there’s strong course language, sexual references and adult themes, but no sexual intercourse on stage,” Lee stressed. “It emphasises the theatrical tradition of men being superior and it’s got an interesting twist in its examination of this.”

The play runs on February 1, 2, 9 and 10 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from au/tpwu and further information is available from

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