WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW DID YOU COME TO WORK AT THE STATE THEATRE COMPANY?
I’ve been floating around the arts marketing world for a few years now. Playlab Theatre first plucked me up as their Marketing Coordinator when I was completing my studies at QUT. I spent three years there assisting with their evolution into becoming a new writing theatre company. Then in 2017 my friend Jonathan O’Brien and I launched the contemporary arts space House Conspiracy just down the road from Queensland Theatre where we worked together to provide opportunities for emerging artists in the local Brisbane area. When I wrapped up my time at House the lovely women from Belloo Creative brought me on as their Marketing Manager to help promote their touring season of ROVERS by Katherine Lyall-Watson, directed by Caroline Dunphy, and their creative development of SAND as part of their residency with Flowstate.
Now in 2019 I’m here!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE HERE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?
I’m the Marketing Assistant. If you’ve ever engaged with our online presence, then you’ve probably interacted with something I’ve created. I design most of our emails, manage our social media presence, update the website and get to take photos of everything the Company is working on.
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE LIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES?
HOME presented by Aurecon as part of Brisbane Festival in 2018 is hands down my top performance pick. Honestly wow. What a truly sublime show. The work aims to stir up personal memories we’ve all experienced in the privacy of our own homes. Birthday parties, renovations, the loss of pets, first days of school and the magical stillness of early mornings - it somehow truly covers it all. The creative team included professional illusionists who worked to bring magic to the experience. Elements of the set and people appear on the stage as if out of nowhere bringing a wonderful sense of possibility to the entire show. However, the audience interaction is what really makes it my all-time favourite performance experience. Across the show over 100 audience members are brought onto the stage and enrolled as: family members, party guests, close friends, builders, emergency service workers … the list just goes on. But what’s incredible is that at no time does anyone look lost, they look like they’re having the time of their lives. I still get goosebumps thinking about how incredibly well this team pulled this vision together.
WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT IN BRISBANE?
I love a trip to the Pancake Manor. The fact that you can get pancakes at 2am in the morning is just too good. My go to order is the Chocolate Jewels pancake stack, with (if I’m feeling extra fancy) extra strawberries on top.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE EXPERIENCE AT QUEENSLAND THEATRE?
I remember in 2015 my theatre buddy Jono and I got tickets to THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Daniel Evans. Sometimes you see a show and it just reminds you why you love theatre. We were both so hyped up on good theatre energy afterwards that we had to go for a walk around West End to calm ourselves down.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU'VE TRAVELLED TO AND WHY?
Lake Tekapo New Zealand will always have my heart. I have a soft spot for animals and the hostel that I stayed in had a menagerie of farm animals including and most importantly, five rabbits that the owner would let visitors help look after. You could sit in the back yard at night, look up at the stars in the largest dark sky reserve in the world and have a fuzzy friend sit in your lap. That’s my bliss.
WHAT SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019?
Bring on BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS! It’s going to be such a party of a show.