NAME: Daley King // ROLE: Performer & Writer// SHOW: Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten)
Which three words best describe your show?
Chaotic. Reflective. Frank.
What kind of works are you most drawn to?
I want to be confronted and challenged. I want to see a voice be given to the voiceless. I want to feel the danger that comes with live performance. Theatre should never be lazy, it should be your chance to shake awake your audience and show them something new. Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait, and make them think.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
The Shadow King, produced by Malthouse Theatre. A daring, earthy reimagining of King Lear, set in an Indigenous community, and translated by the cast themselves. It was the most spectacular combination of the very old, and the very new; electric performances, gorgeous language, bold design, live music, and a deep connection to country. A significant and important contribution to the Australian arts landscape. It sticks with me today and will for a long while to come.
Who has been your biggest influence?
Theodor Adorno, the German philosopher. He wrote a book titled Minima Moralia in the ashes of World War 2, that I read during an extremely difficult period of my life. It’s a rather bleak tome about the horrors of this world, but I found the brutal critiques within weirdly comforting and refreshing. I go back to it often, as it still resonates today with the vacuousness of modern life. There is a quote from it that continues to influence my work, and that is, “The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.” I guess I’ll try my best.
Do you have any unusual performance rituals?
At the two-hour point before a show goes up, wherever I am, I like to dig into a piece of fruit, a shot of espresso (over ice), and the collected musical works of Nick Cave. Not necessarily unusual, but it’s important to get right.
What would you name a book about your life?
A Man, Confused.
Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten)
23 April – 12 May
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