An Interview With

Matt Penny

Writer and Performer of the 2018 Blaz Award Winning Show: Find the Lady



How long have you been an artist? Can you tell us a bit about your practice?

I've been an 'artist' since I was a child when I started learning the piano and doing magic tricks. I have a number of skills and tend to utilise them as and when I need them.

Can you tell us a bit about your Award-winning show?

My Fringe show, Find the Lady, is a case in point.  It's a one man theatre show that includes a mind reading section and also some piano playing. It's the story of a con man who discovers the gift of mind reading and steals it, with dire consequences.  

How important is it for your work to be seen on a world stage? What have you learnt about presenting work outside of WA?

I have not performed this work outside of WA but past experience tells me it can be very hard presenting work overseas or interstate.  I'm not sure if I will.

Has there been a particular show that has moved or inspired you?

I see a lot of shows and plenty of them are fantastic.  I recently saw Hiro, at The Blue Room and it's beauty and quiet meditative qualities are lovely. 

Do you have a favourite line in the show you can share with us?

Favourite line from the play? "What sort of power is that? 'You now have the power to play the piano. quite well!'"

Aside from FRINGE WORLD, which has been the best Festival you have presented at?

I've only performed at Auckland Fringe and Adelaide Fringe and both were really bad times for me.  I'm tempted to just stick with Fringe World.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on a new play called 'The Lost Art of Letter Writing.'

What does it mean for you to be making work in WA?

The great thing about making work in WA is the community and support you can get from places like Fringe World and The Blue Room Theatre. This is also my favourite thing about Fringe World.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

If I was an animal I would be a dog but I would have to have me as the owner.