Asher Treleaven - Secret Door

This article is from 2010.

Asher Treleaven - Secret Door

A comically theatrical romp against blokishness

Via ‘the sweet filth of John Waters, the dark, strange wrongness of David Lynch’, and a near-encounter with the secret theatre for madmen, Asher Treleaven grapples with the question, ‘what maketh the man?’ This is the core of his ‘anarchic romp through the minefield of sexual identity’, Secret Door. ‘The issue of masculinity is important because in Australia and, I believe, in the UK, it’s a very simplistic, follow-the-herd idea that is enforced with growing violence and a strong animosity toward difference and self-expression. For Treleaven, he is concerned that the herd is trying to scare and pressure others to be like them.

‘It shits me that I can’t walk down the street in most Australian cities late at night without worrying about being hassled for dressing a certain way. I find it distressing that drinking, violence and obesity are all normal for most masculine cultures, in the UK and overseas. Basically, most men are jerks and I want to make fun of them and their violent stupidity.’ A graduate of the Australian National Institute of Circus Arts and a lover of the burlesque, naughty and surreal, Treleaven was once flagellated onstage to ‘Private Dancer’. This ‘average, pound-shop dandy’ cannot help but intrigue.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 10, 17), 8.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.

Asher Treleaven: Secret Door

  • 3 stars

Open a 'Secret Door' with Barry Award nominee (Melbourne Comedy Festival) Asher Treleaven as he asks: 'what maketh the man? Is it the suit or something more fleshy?' Asher goes full on to tackle the question of what makes a man 'manly'? How do you measure masculinity in the modern world? Is it how you behave in public or…


1. schmicol11 Aug 2010, 1:34pm Report

This show was our absolute favourite of what we saw ...

But while I've got your attention other Aussie who've made good:

- Tripod and their special guest star 'the Dragon' (go Alana!)
- Sammy J
- Bec Hill
- Celia Pacoula

Youse have all done good ...

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