Nick Brown’s Tantra 2, is one of eight new plays being developed by Playwriting Australia as part of the second round of our National Script Workshop for 2017. The National Script Workshop is one of our development pathways for new plays. It involves an intensive creative development process complete with actors, dramaturg and director. In November, Tantra 2 received its creative development week and we asked Nick to tell us about his play.
What is your play about?
Tantra 2 is a play about the fluidity of gender. The anti-hero protagonist, Ard Panicker, is an aggressive alpha male diagnosed with having too much testosterone in his body. He refuses oestrogen replacement therapy and on commencing work at a metaphysical spa, falls deeply in love with his manager, Liraz. Together they travel to Kerala in South India to study Tantra where Ard becomes tangled in a hallucinogenic web of sex and death, a world of mythical deities that leads him to uncover his mysterious theatrical family past.
What I like about my play is…
I like that it explores sexuality in a way that hasn’t been seen on Australian stages before.
I like that it’s about a mixed race family.
I like that it explores the complexity of being a second generation migrant.
I like that it suggests that bisexuality and polygamy derive from religion.
I like that it has the potential to be delightfully scandalous.
What do you hope to achieve in your development week?
I aimed to work on the structure of my play. It’s filled with ideas and imagery but it needs clarity and structure.
Our Artistic Director, Tim Roseman reflected on his time in the National Script Workshop in our latest enews. “It has been beautiful to be in the National Script Workshop over the last few days, watching new plays by Nicholas Brown… blossom surrounded by teams of caring, attentive and exhilarating artists. I know I’ve said it before, but it really is a unique and precious privilege to be able to support new scripts like this.”