On the Couch with Katie Fitchett

Katie Fitchett Arts Review On the CouchWho is Katie Fitchett?
Once upon a time, I loved to Pirouette and jete under lights. Then the theatre called.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Get a real job!!!

Who inspires you and why?
My Uncle Gordon Fitchett is a Visual Artist, his work has a wonderful sense of humor and is technically brilliant. Being an Artist has not always been the easiest path but he has remained steadfast and his work and life are something he can be truly proud of…. Quack, Quack.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
For the world I would like the environment to be given the respect it deserves. For our country I wish there were more jobs for all the creative people it produces. In my community I would want every woman who’s just become a mother to know they are not alone in what sometimes feels like an overwhelming and isolating journey.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I daydream of returning to Berlin and Switzerland but in reality an all inclusive trip to a sunny destination would be a blissful family get away. Well probably without my partner, he hates the sun!!! oh and come to think of it my daughter, she hates the ocean. Ok, so I think I will be heading off to the beach on my own… Bon Voyage!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Beginning in my Hood of Surry Hills, we would enjoy a Coffee at Arterficia (the best in town!). Brunch at Suzie Q’s, having a meal that is delicious and memorable, then a trip to Nelson Park my Sydney Beach of choice.

What are you currently reading?
My Script The Nether by Jennifer Haley, over and over again. It’s a complex time hopping ethically challenging piece that I keep uncovering a new layer on each read. Also Rebel Girls, 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli?, Francesca Cavallo – a great bedtime book for all youngsters.

What are you currently listening to?
My partner’s ‘go to’ playlist; Dirty Three, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, The National, Blixa Bargeld – oh, and I throw in a bit of Ratta Tat to add a little cheer.

Happiness is?
Watching Shaun the Sheep snuggled up with my little beast.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m planning on jumping into each creative opportunity with less fear and standing tall in who I am. Finding more opportunities to rock a fabulous frock, pop on some lipstick and enjoy myself.

Katie can be seen in Catnip Productions’ Australian premiere of Jennifer Haley’s The Nether at the Seymour Centre for a limited season from 13 September 2017. For more information, visit: www.seymourcentre.com for details.

Image: Katie Fitchett (supplied)

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