Our conversations with formidable performers Penny Arcade and Reverend Billy were, without any sense of hyperbole, transcendental. Penny Arcade and Reverend Billy, both New York based performers, were in Adelaide for the Royal Croquet Club in collaboration with The Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Set in Commons Studio, a high end vintage store in Adelaide’s CBD, the discussions we had seemed so much less contrived than any regular interview. It felt natural; it felt like a conversation. It was deep and enlightening and commented on issues that demanded attention.
Their work was comparative: they sought to challenge society on issues that they had become apathetic on. They sought to champion the voice of society’s disenfranchised. They were illustrious and controversial, a theme that was strong with both of them. Penny Arcade and Reverend Billy did not hold back. These were funny, yet compelling talks on motivating listeners to action. It was about breaking through to millennial’s and baby boomers alike to fight for common cause.
This is interviews not about promoting bodies of work or individual shows, but about affirmative action.
Listen and be inspired.