Michael Argus is a performer with unique range. Capable of playing hardened criminals, white trash and wife beaters as well as soft, fragile, vulnerable young men. Alongside his film and T.V. work, Michael is a passionate theatre maker who is beginning to gain notoriety in the independent theatre scene through producing stimulating works. He is a a co-founder of both Blackwater Theatre Productions and Doppelganger Theatre. Below are some excerpts from critics of recent productions:
EAST by Steven Berkoff (2014)
TheTheatreNerd - "The cast are a wonder...Michael Argus' portrayal is riveting. His performance is focused and perfectly measured."
The Age (4 stars) - "With a control that's scarce in independent theatre...Michael Argus puffs himself up as the difficult Les, with the hulking stance and squinched mien of the skinhead."
Stage Whispers - "Mike (Adrian Auld) and Les (Michael Argus) deal with the lion’s share of the script brilliantly, delivering two outstanding, honest, and at times hilarious, performances that, thankfully, avoid stereotyping on every level. What we have here, instead, is flesh and blood (both of which are described in punishing detail). No one-dimensional East Ender thugs these boys. And when they finally introduce themselves to you by name, you’ll be desperate to remember them."
Australian Book Review - "It is a brave theatre company that takes East on, but Black Water Theatre has tackled the play with gusto...Adrian Auld (Mike) and Michael Argus (Les) clown and swagger, strut and pose, their outward shows of over-confidence giving rise to occasional glimpses of vulnerability. In what Berkoff calls ‘The Motorbike Scene’, sex is nothing more than a ride, with the pair turning themselves into every possible motorbike imaginable, climbing on each other’s shoulders, pumping pistons, digging into the handlebars, convinced that ‘sluts and slags’ will always succumb to a pair of wheels. They are the perfect foil to Dad (Chris Bunworth), with his knockabout comedy, racist rants, and deliberate cruelty to Mum."
Cherry Smoke by James McManus (2013)
Theatre People (5 stars) - "Cherry Smoke is a brilliant showcase for this supremely talented group of actors...Michael Argus plays Duffy torn between looking after his baby brother, and at the same time, being terrified of him. In his capable care, Argus reminds one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Tommy Cahill, from the movie, Brothers.
TheTheatreNerd - "Heywood has directed her passionate and driven cast to a near pitch-perfect performance...As Fish's brother, Duffy, is Michael Argus. Yet another emotionally charged performance. Argus is the ying to Robins yang. They are opposite, yet complement each other. One of the most touching scenes happens between the two brothers, as children, when they are discussing their late father."
The Dreamer Examines His Pillow by John Patrick Shanley
To Dad With Love - "Michael Argus as Tommy — hauntingly reminiscent of Thomas M Wright in Malthouse Theatre’s 2011 production of Baal – delivers a brilliant portrayal of a young man bedevilled by his love for Donna, and by his instinctive compulsion to flee from her grasp."