The dark side of love, sex


Trevor Dhu.
Trevor Dhu.

FORMER Rockingham resident and director Trevor Dhu has found himself mixed up in a world of sex, dishonesty and betrayal as he brings to life the award-winning play Closer throughout the month of June at the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth.

Dhu is excited for the audience to watch as strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers.

Closer is like watching life through a voyeuristic point of view and sharing the sex, lust and loss,” Dhu said.

The complex nature of the screenplay does invite some challenges for the director and actors alike.

“Getting the actors to perform realistically and confront a difficultly-written play with so many scene changes is the main challenge,” he said.

“The method required by the actors needs to draw on some aspect of their past, not be a contrived style of acting.”

Involved in the performing arts for as long as he can remember, Dhu has worked with Patch and Playhouse theatres, Perth City Ballet and has done extensive professional work with the Australian Dance Theatre in the eastern states.

More recently, he has directed, choreographed and acted in various productions at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre – most notably West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar – and also performed and directed at Harbour, Roleystone, Old Mill and Melville theatres.

Last year, Dhu directed Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, the winner of several Milly Awards, at the Old Mill Theatre.