NAME: DALEY KING // ROLE: WRITER & DIRECTOR // SHOW: TANK
What shows are you looking forward to this season?
I’m seriously excited to be a part of a season that is filled with such uniformly excellent creatives from all over Australia, and I’m looking forward to seeing every single show; every season I usually buy the pass to see them all, and it’s entirely worth it. I love the themes behind The Trembling Giant, their concerns about the environment match up perfectly with ours – land and water, and Grounded is way too relevant considering the chaos that is happening in America. I’ve read the script for [PORTO]; it’s one of the weirdest modern plays I’ve read recently, and I’m pumped to see how the team pull it off. I don’t know a huge amount about the other shows, but I’m loving the female representation this season, it’s super cool.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
When I was in Berlin, 15 years old on a German exchange program, I was lucky enough to see The Blue Man Group live. It’s a purely visceral and joyful experience that every human needs to see. Not much can top it, but I sure as hell love shows that try, shows that shake the audience to their core. Don’t ever play it safe.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Shut the f*ck up and listen hard, you don’t know sh*t. Brutal but true.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into theatre?
You’re going to work very hard, sometimes way too hard, so make sure you look after yourself. You’re not alone, so make sure to surround yourself with other creatives, and then work hard together.
What excites you about Perth? What are some must-see places you would recommend?
The isolation makes us interesting; we’re forced to explore what we’ve got and create new experiences for ourselves, and that often yields wonderful results. The Secret Garden is actually one of Perth’s least-best-kept secrets due to social media, but it’s still quite hidden, a lush garden somewhere out in the suburbs. To those from abroad, it’s a natural wonder you certainly need to check out. Grab hold of a local and force them to show you the location. Wild vines have taken over everything, crawling up trees, covering the ground, creeping over fallen branches; the perfect place to inspire creativity.
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Image by Alice Michie.