BRISBANE (a doing word)
On Friday the 21st of March, the QUT theatre company Vena Cava hosted their most recent play at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in the Fortitude Valley. The play features Matty, the struggling artist and his incredibly supportive psychologist boyfriend Jason, their engineering student roommate Lara and a Jesus freak named Kia.
Matty is a struggling artist who is misunderstood by almost everyone in his life. He tries stand up comedy, but doesn’t seem to get many laughs. He tries his hand at contemporary theatre but everyone misses the point. He gives slam poetry a shot but... well you get idea. Like most artists, none of his friends can see the point of his art, and like all 20 something year olds, he has absolutely no idea what he is doing with his life. Something I know myself and many of my friends can personally relate too.
As an audience we get to watch Matty progress through varying stages of self doubt, uncertainty and ultimately acceptance and the play is a fresh, contemporary look at Generation Y artists and what matters most to society for our generation - like the overuse of technology, religion and the thought that most young Brisbanites have all had at least once; ‘why don’t I move to Melbourne’.
Like all good art, ‘Brisbane: A Doing Word’ also terrifies you. It terrifies you because of how much you can relate to it. It terrifies you because like most artists, you can never be sure if your art is good enough. It’s terrifying because of how much you can identify with the characters of the play, their struggles and ultimately their failures. Overall, ‘Brisbane: A Doing Word’ is a hilariously cheeky, contemporary showcase with a group of talented young artists who were supported by a superb technical team putting on a painfully honest, entertaining and incredibly relatable play about arts in the city of Brisbane.
REVIEWED BY SAM GEYER FOR TBC