On the Couch with Rachael Beck

Rachael Beck AAR On the CouchWho is Rachael Beck?
Going to stop Kerryn Phelps becoming Prime Minister. Not me!

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Say no more often.

Who inspires you and why?
Anyone who battles mental illness and gets through the day.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
What I’m doing now but on a worldwide scale-increase the understanding in our schools and communities that mental health and the creative arts are linked.We must teach both the inside and outside of our children. Every school should be steAm not stem.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I like adventure. I’ve just been to the Middle East – Jordan and Palestine were amazing. Ubud in Bali also as my dad lives there – out in the terraced rice paddies.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Opera House – of course – and the Bondi to Bronte cliff top walk. My local!

What are you currently reading?
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.Truly wonderful.

What are you currently listening to?
Anything my 9 and 12 year old daughters are making up jazz dances to in the lounge room… to counterbalance that, meditation music.

Happiness is?
To feel peaceful.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m working on finding balance, gratitude and accepting. I’ll never have the married / house with the picket fence dream. I belong to the circus. I never know what the future holds. Gulp. But funnily enough this year I do have a few things locked in. Barnum in April with Todd McKenny in Melbourne. A new musical called Becoming Bill at the Brisbane Powerhouse in August and I’m directing Daryl Somers in The Producers in Canberra starting October.

Rachael stars with Michael Cormick in On Broadway at Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne on Monday 11 February 2019 (11.00am & 1.30pm). For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.

Image: Rachael Beck (supplied)

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