On the Couch with Mark Howett

Mark Howett Arts Review On the Couch photo by Stefan GosattiWho is Mark Howett?
A cowboy who wears many hats, Lighting Designer, Video Designer, Director. I often get described as a cowboy because I have my own way of doing things which, at times, are somewhat unorthodox, but it usually works out in the end.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
As a kid, I always wanted to play AFL, and would like to have continued coaching at a higher level than Auskick. Running a dance company is not that far away from running a football club.

Who inspires you and why?
There are too many to name. But here’s a few… Thinking – Einstein; Film – Lars Von Trier; Drama – Sam Shepard; and Acting -Kelton Pell.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I like to think my art might influence someone to think about where they place themselves in this world and what they think about being in that position.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Yallingup – because I grew up there and it holds memories of my childhood. I love being on my country.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Honestly probably whatever show I am working on at the time or dinner at my favourite restaurant (Nunzio’s in Fremantle) and a drive through Kings Park, which I think is the true heart of Perth.

What are you currently reading?
On Killing. It’s a book by Dave Grossman on the psychology behind the act of killing and its consequences. The book focuses on the military aspect and I began reading it as research for our show Good Little Soldier, but it’s so fascinating I can’t put it down.

What are you currently listening to?
A Perth band called The Volcanics. My good friend Laurie Sinagra (who happens to be a musician for Good Little Soldier) introduced me to them.

Happiness is?
A day off, in ugg boots watching a TV series, House of Cards at the moment.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully continuing to live out my dream of making shows on stage, and eventually directing more film.

Mark is bringing his dynamic Berlin production of Good Little Soldier to the Subiaco Arts Centre in an Australian premiere season: 7 – 23 July 2017. For more information, visit: www.ochredance.org for details.

Image: Mark Howett