Millennial life’s sex, lies and stereotypes come up on stage in ‘Going Down’.
Temptation and cheating are rife, but it’s not all driven by sex.
The true climax this writer seeks is success.
Nat, played by the relentlessly energetic Catherine Davies, is author of ‘Banana Girl’ a memoir which despite it’s sexually explicit story, is neither a hit in pop culture nor high brow reading lists.
A local high school year 10 successfully petitioned to have it in the library. That was it’s greatest moment.
Irritatingly for Nat, people are falling asleep to her story of sexual antics, rousing only to ask her if she’ll write about her mother’s history. They are “frothing at the mouths” for her harrowing tale.
In reality, Natalie grew up in Canberra before moving to Melbourne, but her “exotic” beauty casts her in a shadow of stereotypes. Some people make wild assumptions about a dramatic “journey” to Australia. Her audience is craving for stories of otherness, not Millennial’s saucy sex stories. They prefer their sauce on MKR.
In a landscape of privileged philanthropists, hipster cyclists, and emerging rap artists that run pop-up Lemonade stands with Beyoncé on a retro boom box, Natalie grows frustrated. Sex and alcohol are vices used to numb jealousy, for a while. But eventually she loses control, and reason.
She plots revenge: to write an imagined history, a “fake” book which she is certain will create literary success. But progress on this farce is halted by conversations and realisations that many successful people feel trapped by pressure, or lost in an identity designed by their agent.
Going down a new path, she discovers that her mother has secrets, and a more interesting heart and mind than she ever knew. When her mother recalls an affair, it is not sinful. Rather, it reveals the inherent capacity for human love, vulnerability, and disappointment.
Going Down is hilarious and uplifting, effortlessly rifling through the ridiculous truth and lies of Millennial life.
Going Down: Go Now.
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If you book the performance on April 9 or 30, you can stay for a post-show Insight Event with the actors.
If you enjoy this, perhaps see some of Sydney Writers Festival and Emerging Female Perspectives