On the Couch with Amanda Muggleton

Amanda-Muggleton-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Amanda Muggleton?
One of Australia’s much-loved actors, known for leading roles in Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Master Class, Blood Brothers and Prisoner, just to name a few…

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would blow my own trumpet and network in my industry more.

Who inspires you and why?
My father, Charles William Muggleton. He is 96 years old and lives in London. He went through the blitz in London during the war and has been in lockdown for months and months. His attitude to life is so positive. He shops, cooks for himself, entertains his friends, washes and irons his clothes and has a wonderful outlook on life.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Put women in charge of everything. EVERYTHING!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
South Stradbroke Island, Queensland. I believe it is on a magic fault line in the world. It has an Indigenous history that is very spiritual. There is peace there and a calmness unlike any other place I know.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The ruins of Bedlam Bay 1820’s right on my doorstep in Sydney. Originally called Bethlam Point. It has an astonishing convict history. It was where so-called ‘lunatics’ were taken to. The beauty and peace that surrounds this place is on the Parramatta River and was thought to keep the mental patients calm. There were no drugs to help in those days. What they must have gone through doesn’t bear thinking about.

What are you currently reading?
A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman.

What are you currently listening to?
Alberta Hunter.

Happiness is?
Happiness is my puppy, Mopsy on RSPCA Rescue. She makes my heart leap and my face smile every day.

What does the future hold for you?
Everything and more!

Amanda stars as Coral Browne in This F*cking Lady at the Brunswick Ballroom, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 6 – 18 April 2021. For more information, visit: www.brunswickballroom.com.au for details.

Image: Amanda Muggleton (supplied)