• Wesley Enoch and Casey Donovan star in 20 Questions.
Indigenous playwright Wesley Enoch has proven no subject is off-limits in his new cabaret-style talk show, '20 Questions'.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
15 Apr 2014 - 1:34 PM  UPDATED 16 Apr 2014 - 8:15 AM

The Australian playwright hosts the program in Sydney’s Belvoir Street theatre to expose Indigenous performers willing to take centre-stage.

Singer and actress, Casey Donavan was the second mystery guest to be questioned by Mr Enoch in Monday night’s show.

“I have no idea what’s actually going to happen, I hear that all the questions are the same each week for every other artist or performer or whoever is going to pop up next, so I guess I answer questions as openly and honestly as I can and we’ll see how it goes,” said Ms Donovan.

But for Ms Donovan, this won’t be her first time making a public confession.

She has already revealed personal truths for the public in her latest biography, 'Big, Beautiful and Sexy'.

“She’s told a lot of truths in her book and this show is all about telling truths so hopefully we’ll hear something really interesting,” said Mr Enoch.

Throughout the duration of the performance, Mr Enoch probes his subjects with 200 unknown questions.

“Some of them are as simple as ‘what’s your shoe size’ through to ‘was there a moment where you ever wished you weren’t Indigenous,” he said.

He hopes their honest answers will reveal more about the stigma surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

“This show is really about getting behind the public persona and getting into some deep questions that might show how Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are different or similar to some of the people in the audience,” said Mr Enoch.

He has chosen this modern style of theatre to steer clear from the usual disadvantage narrative presented by Indigenous playwrights.

“I think when audiences come to see a lot of Indigenous theatre they come to see a story which is sometimes quite harrowing and sad. But this is a sense of get to know the people and how exciting and resilient the people are,” he said.

Ms Donovan says she is in full support of his fresh take on the arts.

 “I think this is completely different, it’s completely left-of-centre," she says. "To me it’s a new product, a new performance space, a new headspace."

'20 Questions' will remain at Belvoir Street Theatre until August 11.