Meet Nat, Zoe and Mish...
Let’s go round the table and introduce ourselves…
Nat Rose: I’m Nat. I did a lot of acting courses and started the imPACT ensemble in 2003, which is where I met Zoe and Mish. We’ve been working together ever since. And I’m now also a bingo caller.
Zoe Coombs Marr: I would just like to point out that Nat can also tap-dance as well as call bingo.
I’m Zoe; I can’t call bingo or tap dance. Or dance at all. I do stand-up comedy and I went to COFA, so I have a bit of a visual arts background. I’m also homeless. I’ve been wilfully homeless for about a year. I just sublet and I packed all my stuff up and decided that I didn’t want to pay rent so I have all my stuff in a car.
Mish Grigor: I’m Mish. I do other arts projects that are kind of weird and a bit wankier than what these guys let me do. At the moment I am working on one where I’m building a miniature mountain out of ice and then sitting on it while it melts. The last one I did, I blew up ten thousand balloons and then shot them down with arrows.
What’s been the highlight of Post’s career?
Zoe: Well, probably when we managed to fit Mish in a dishwasher. We were sent off to a room to devise something and she came out like halfway through the performance. Fitting her in there was pretty good because she is so tall. And that’s when we decided we wanted to work together.
Is there a Post mission statement?
Zoe: No; it changes most days. One thing we always wanted to do was make work that existed among the contemporary performance art and everything we love about that world, but also stuff that your mum could see, or your cousin from the suburbs, or yourself, and understand it and be able to relate to it, and not in a patronising way and without compromising what we want to do.
You recently workshopped a show called Who’s the Best? Tell us about that.
Zoe: It’s about competition, and it’s basically about who out of the three of us is the best, but…
Nat: I’ll be child-birthing. Maybe that means I am the best though.
Zoe: You can’t validate your existence by having a child, Nat.
Nat: People do.
Mish: Nat’s going to find someone to replace her in the competition. It’ll be someone playing Nat, speaking her words.
Zoe: So that’s the next big challenge for us, trying to work with someone else.
Could this be the end of Post? Working out ‘who’s the best’?
Zoe: There’ve been moments.
Nat: There’ve been little moments when we thought, “Well, she’s a bit competitive isn’t she?” or things like that. I wasn’t ‘the worst’ for days until the re-count, and then I ended up the worst… I mean that was a steam-crusher right there. But I mean we always knew it was going to be a bit touchy. We did talk about if the audience did vote every night on who’s the best, and one person always won –
Zoe: I notice you’re pointing to me, Nat.
Nat: – then it would be quite upsetting for the other two people who always lost. Maybe then you would think, “Well, what the hell am I doing here, have your own company, see you later.”
Zoe: But there’s something really interesting in that, which we wanted to attack. The best moment was when we said, “Who’s the prettiest?” And everyone went “Nooo! Don’t make us vote on that!” They were totally happy to vote on who had the most testosterone…
Who was that, for the record?
Zoe: Me. Hands down. A hundred per cent.
A message from Zoe:
“We've been doing pseudo-scientific tests and tallies and exercises based mainly on speculation. Recently we spent a whole afternoon in our underwear in front of a mirror. 'Who's got the best arms?' 'Who's got the best stomach?' 'Who's got the best neck?' Who's got the best ankles?' Who's got the best armpits?' And once you start that, you start having these really intense arguments over, like, 'Who would have the most integrity in some sort of crime-based situation?' It turns out I'm really competitive."