The Sex Symbol and the Truth Seeker: MTC’s New Play on Breakfasters
If you haven’t heard of May West, you should have. The actor, singer, writer, sexual revolutionary and general force to be reckoned with took on Hollywood at the ripe age of 40 and made her career as a sex symbol. As an outspoken champion for civil and sexual rights, many of her films were censored and considered shocking for her time. The Melbourne Theatre Company’s new play Arbus and West centres around a meeting between West and iconic photographer Diane Arbus. MTC performer Diana Glenn chats to Breakfasters about how Arbus sought out the truth through photography, wanting to expose what lies behind the mask we project to the world. Her photography focused on minorities and those on the fringes of society. Reimagining a meeting between these two powerful women, the play delves into themes of truth, beauty, self-perception and sex.