The Macquarie dictionary defines the term paraphilia as a “preference for or addiction to unusual sexual practices.” Some of the 574 recognised paraphilias director Iain Sinclair has discovered since taking on this play include an inclination for sex with toasters, doing the deed while covered in insects, and wearing high heels made out of meat.
The black comedy thriller follows ambitious psychologist Emma and her assistant Damon who are researching fetish and desire in the weird and wonderful world of online dating. “We are treating the subject matter respectively,” Sinclair explains. “Our main rule is if anyone with a paraphilia sees the show they will feel embraced and understood rather than ridiculed and mocked.”
Written by comic duo Allsop & Henderson, Sinclair describes the playwrights as regular guys with the minds of kaleidoscopes. “They are in the similar family of The Goons and Monty Python and are unafraid to go into unusual territory,” he says. So how unusual are paraphilias? “If you think you haven’t got one you aren’t looking hard enough,” he continues. When Sinclair is pressed to reveal his, he laughs. “I haven’t found my magic button yet but I sincerely hope to over the next three weeks. Everyone has a pork stiletto in them somewhere.”
Jul 19-Aug 11, The Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo, $21-33, 1300 241 167, rocksurfers.org.au