Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tackling a Taboo; Nathanael Cooper Takes a Look at How Noosa Arts Theatre Is Attempting to Take on the Subject of Sex

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tackling a Taboo; Nathanael Cooper Takes a Look at How Noosa Arts Theatre Is Attempting to Take on the Subject of Sex

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WHEN Arthur Schnitzler wrote La Ronde in 1900, it scrutinised the sexual morals and class ideology through a series of sexual encounters between people of all classes.

The piece caused violent reaction in its day by dealing with one of the most taboo subjects imaginable.

Now in 2010, a diet of sex in entertainment is nothing new: musicians sing about it, filmmakers create movies about it, and even the most sedate television series touch on it. Hollywood has made a fortune out of the last taboo.

But in live theatre, the topic of sex is either dealt with in a comical fashion or veiled in darkness either behind the scenes or with the lights turned off.

Plays where sex is dealt with in a confronting and obvious way are rare and often shunned by the theatre community.

But now Noosa Arts Theatre will bring the last taboo right into the faces of the audience when it presents its take on La Ronde later this month.

Under the guidance of director Sam Coward, a group of talented Coast performers including Sharon Grimley, Kay Ellfum, Nathan Hynes, Tim Murfin, Carly Partridge, Meg Munroe, Mary Eggleston, Stephen Moore, Shane Ross and Xanthe Coward will take to the stage.

Together, the cast will bring to the stage a part of our lives usually kept very private.

And while Sam admits there is an element of risk in offending conservative audiences, it is a risk he is prepared to take.

"I wanted to do something I didn't think other people would do," he said.

"People do such safe things on the Coast."

But given the Coast's audience base, which was up in arms over productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and the censoring of a lesbian kiss in Sam's last production of Shout, does he really think La Ronde will work in Noosa?

"If you are looking for light-hearted entertainment, go and see Avenue Q," he said. …

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