Cathy Petocz is one of those artists who executes work with precision and clarity. More importantly, her stuff is always great. When Cathy offered me a one-scene role in Vinegar Tom, Caryl Churchill’s famously witch-less play about witch trials, I made room in my schedule.
Cathy directed Tom as the first production by COUP: Canberra, an art and performance collective that’s she’s started with Hannah De Feyter and Becki Whitton. They’ll be making some of the best art in Canberra in the next few years, and I’m smug that I’ll be able to say I was in their first show.
I’m still a baby actor so it was an invaluable skills challenge to hit the one scene seven nights in a row. My character, Man, makes a kind of challenging turn from charismatic to awful. I was blessed to have my great friend (and gun actor) Emma McManus as my scene partner and with her and Cathy’s support I felt like the run was really selling by the end of the run. Close friends have assured me that I was suitably hateable.