On the Couch with Eugyeene Teh

Eugyeene Teh Arts Review On the CouchWho is Eugyeene Teh?
A theatre maker and artist, a set and costume designer, an architect, a photographer.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I love what I do but I wish I could spend more time on the details. I’d love to have a good couple of weeks to make a special garment, for example, and then a few days more to think about it.

Who inspires you and why?
The countless minds that I work with. Intelligent and exciting directors, designers, actors, stage managers, producers, and makers.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would work to integrate international cultures through an approach that is inclusive, conciliatory and harmonious.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere in Asia. Sometimes it’s nice to exist amongst my people, for a change.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I would take them to the theatre to see an important show. I think it’s one of the best ways to understand the local culture within the context of the current dialogues and politics.

What are you currently reading?
The Opium War by Julia Lovell – which recounts how the West manipulated China into what we currently perceive of it; The East, The West, and Sex by Richard Bernstein (it is what it says on the tin), and some Christos Tsiolkas, for research and entertainment.

What are you currently listening to?
Muzak.

Happiness is?
Opening night of a show I’ve just worked tirelessly on. The day of rest after that. Cooking a meal and sharing it with my partner.

What does the future hold for you?
Mysterious wonderful things.

Part of the much lauded Little Ones Theatre creative team, Eugyeene has designed their latest production, Merciless Gods – a new theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed story collection by author and provocateur, Christos Tsiolkas – at the Northcote Town Hall: 27 July – 5 August 2017. For more information, visit: www.littleonestheatre.com.au or www.northcotetownhall.com.au for details.

Image: Eugyeene Teh (supplied)

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