.Anna McGahan is a 27-year-old Australian, Logie-nominated actress best known for her portrayal as Nellie Cameron in 2011’s Underbelly: Razor and her role in House Husbands. She has written at length about her decision to not appear nude in any future productions. In this edited extract, she recounts how she was forced to pose nude while doing promotion for that character and how that changed her whole outlook on going nude for acting roles. The original version appears on her website, A Forbidden Room.
Last night, I went and saw a play called ‘We Get It’.
It was part of MTC Neon, and created by ‘The Elbow Room’ – written by Marcel Dorney and Rachel Perks, and co-directed by Marcel Dorney and Emily Tomlins.
I went to this play with two male friends, and we sat in the front row. For most of the play, I laughed loudly. It was excellent satire, pitting female actors against one another in a sordid reality show.
The aggressively charismatic host, ‘Emily’, engaged and provoked the contestants, who became increasingly confused, insecure, and then angry – but were continually objectified and rejected, and finally rendered voiceless.
At one point in the play, ‘Emily’ gets a cue that leaves her conflicted. She stops the show, and refuses to say her next line.
It then takes a turn.
‘Emily’ begins to talk directly to the audience – slowly, cautiously. She becomes fragile before our eyes – all showmanship evaporating. She monologues about her experiences, her understanding about what it means to be seen as F (f—able) or NF (not f—-able).