Jane Austen's Guide to Pornography
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 20 July 2009
This article is from 2009.
Out Cast Theatre, Australia's oldest gay theatre company, delighted Fringe-goers last year with their filthy yet poignant comedy, The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger. In 2009, they're returning with Jane Austen's Guide to Pornography, in which a writer's block-afflicted playwright making a living out of 'dirty, gay plays' strikes up an imaginary relationship with the novelist.
Despite being well-received down under, writer/director Steven Dawson admits, 'People either love or loathe my work', but he has fond memories of his first Fringe outing. 'Edinburgh audiences, both gay and straight, loved the energy and smut in Butt Boy,' he says, 'so I had to give them another serving, though with a lot more layers.'
And although Dawson draws on Austen's refined voice for this year's show, fans can rest assured that his obscene brand of comedy persists. He says: 'Austen's style filtered so heavily into my writing that sometimes I'd sit back during a performance not believing the language turned out as well as it did. Then something filthy happens and of course I know that's my work up there.'
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