When did you know you loved Theatre? Since about the age of five. I studied drama at uni and worked as an actor, director, and drama teacher. Later I moved to Sydney and luckily fell in with Hunters Hill Theatre, where I have been President since 2016. I also run my own independent theatre group “Insomniac Theatre”, which performs in pubs and clubs around the Inner West.
What do you love about theatre? It’s all-absorbing, highly creative and the most enjoyable sociable activity for all ages and abilities. Though I started out as an actor, I have found my true calling in directing and producing.
Who helped you learn about theatre? My mother introduced me to theatre through our local repertory company in the UK. At uni I studied Drama, including a course in Drama in Education, and got my first professional gig under the leadership of Obie Award winning director Les Waters.
How far will theatre take you? To hell and back… Hahaha! We have had to rise above a fire destroying St John’s Church Hall, then losing our much loved theatre space to the sale of St John’s and are now generously hosted by Hunters Hill Town Hall. Despite this massive upheaval, we are proud to have maintained an unbroken tradition of providing community theatre since 1930, the longest unbroken record in mainland Australia.
What would you do, if you weren’t in theatre? When my term as president of Hunters Hill Theatre has run its course, I would love to return to Insomniac Theatre and Ever After Theatre involving young people with a disability. I genuinely love being a part of HHT and would urge anyone who has not yet fallen under the theatre spell, to come along to one of our shows – or to take out a subscription to all four shows of the season!
Thanks for answering Five Fast Questions Maggie…we love that you have helped keep our Hunters Hill community Theatre going with love and passion!
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