On the Couch with Gavin Roach

MF Gavin Roach AAR OTCWho is Gavin Roach?
I am a Melbourne based Queer artist who dabbles in a bit of writing, directing, producing and performing.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I actually wouldn’t change much of what I am doing now – I am making some great theatre with some extraordinary artists and it really doesn’t get much better than that. I would however love an extra day added to my week, so I can just spend the day on the couch eating doughnuts in my underwear.

Who inspires you and why?
I’m very inspired by people that strive to change the world around them and live as their unashamed genuine self – to me that is truly brave and inspiring.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Create theatre that starts conversations. Conversations that need to take place and question the status quo. Something that may seem like a small drop in the ocean but will forever change the landscape that it exists in.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Paris, I know it’s a cliché choice but I fell in love with the city and could easily spend day after day getting lost through the city streets.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I am honestly the worst host when it comes to showing friends and family around Melbourne. I tend to just quickly Google the closest café and hope for the best. After that I usually just leave the rest of the planning up to them and then just go along for the ride.

What are you currently reading?
Currently reading The Seven Daughters of Eve which is a thrilling book looking at genetics and how humans migrated through Europe. It’s very wordy and has a lot of terms I just can’t get my head around – so I just make up the blanks and hope for the best.

Happiness is?
Great friends, good food and delicious coffee.

What does the future hold for you?
After the Midsumma Festival I am producing the Melbourne premiere of Manwatching, performing my one man show, The Measure of a Man at the Adelaide Fringe, possibly touring to Ireland and Greece and then returning to Melbourne to begin work on curating the venue space I have for Melbourne Fringe… and sleep… maybe…

Gavin is presenting And Then the Snow Fell On Egypt at the No Vacancy Gallery as part of the 2019 Midsumma Festival until 3 February. For more information, visit: www.midsumma.org.au for details.

Image: Gavin Roach (supplied)

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