Relatively new to the Perth theatre scene, Static Drive Co are breaking barriers and creating some inspirational and clever content. In Tissue, they explore the effects of watching and creating pornography on a relationship. Can a healthy relationship survive if its sex life appears stale compared to what is viewed on a computer screen?
Opening with the characters in a state of undress, writhing in an orgy like fashion, this show appears to be rather intense, however as the lights turn on as abruptly as slamming your laptop screen down in shame, what emerges is a hilarious and intelligent critique of how people are not as open with each other as they should be.
Static Drive Co are well known for their overlapping dialogue and switching between characters. In the tradition of the Greek chorus, they all narrate the story – breaking off to play all of the characters in turn. This innovative approach allows for the couple’s interactions to become far more intimate and breaks the fourth wall in a hilarious music-hall style juxtaposition from the main play.
Writers Timothy Green and Samantha Maclean uncover the hidden desires each of feel in today’s society. There is a layering here – Alex and Zoe’s relationship develops like a beautiful love story – but eventually their sexual desires and lack of gratification with each other, begins to wear down the other elements of their relationship. It’s interesting to note that porn is neither viewed as good or bad – this is certainly not a critique of porn, rather how it has all but replaced sexual education and completely warped people’s expectations of their sex lives.
Tissue explores power plays, sexual desire, the need to feel sexy and embraced in a sexual way, and also how intimacy is lost or gained when heavily influenced by what we see on our screens. It’s a bit sexy, a bit funny, but wholly intriguing.
Review | Laura Money
WHEN: 20 – 23 June 2018 | 9:00pm
WHERE: Subiaco Arts Centre | Subiaco | PERTH
INFO: Tickets $25 – $28 | Duration 65 mins | No interval | Part of Subiaco Theatre Festival | Suitable 15+ | Warning: simulated sexual activity, partial nudity