Meg Lucas finds it easier to express herself on stage than she does in day-to-day conversation. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Meg Lucas finds it easier to express herself on stage than she does in day-to-day conversation. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Stage is no drama for Meg

WHEN she was 15 years old, Meg Lucas struggled to hold a conversation with just about anyone.

"I was very ... awkward," she laughed.

At the same time she'd happily jump on stage and transform into an outrageously funny character, putting on a real show for the audience.

"I don't have to talk to anybody real on stage. I don't have to be myself. I can be somebody completely different," the 17-year-old said.

Meg has been chosen to present a self-devised monologue at the Best of North Coast HSC Drama Showcase, called Drama Works, on September 5.

Her selection was based on her HSC trial exam where Meg recited a script based on Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, which is an absurdist work.

Initially Meg's memorised monologue went for nine minutes, but she has since refined it to six minutes.

"Absurd theatre doesn't really have a plot, which is why it's absurd," Meg laughed.

"It's talking about humanity. And this sounds morbid, but my script is about how we're all kind of waiting for the one thing - death.

"I've made it satirical. I'm kind of making fun of mankind."

Meg is in Year 12 at South Grafton High School and studies Advanced English.

"I like English, but I'm not very good at the writing part of it, the essays and stuff like that," she said.

"I'm more of a performer. All of that interpretation comes out more easily when I'm in front of an audience."

Though she wasn't sure which aspect of performing was her favourite, she said she certainly did appreciate a reaction.

"The preparation is probably the best bit, but getting a reaction when you're up there on stage is always good. I guess every actor and actress will say that getting a reaction is nice," Meg laughed.

She has just auditioned for new musical The Boyfriend, which will be performed at The Criterion Theatre in late November through to early December.



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