On the Couch with Amber McMahon

Arts Review On the Couch Amber McMahon photo by Sally FleggWho is Amber McMahon?
Amber McMahon is a Sydney based performer who has worked extensively in theatre for the past ten years. She also sings a bit, can pull a few moves on the dance floor, and is now packing heat as Hitchcock’s ice cool spy Eve Kendall in the stage adaptation of North by Northwest.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
More of it!

Who inspires you and why?
People who remain curious. And Anais Nin. She had some pretty exceptional tenets to live by.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Being kind and compassionate is a good start. I think the world could benefit from more of that at the moment. I’d also like to dish out free education and healthcare but that’s more of a long term goal.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I think it’s Italy. It’s intoxicating. It’s like a lasagna – layers and layers of rich meaty, saucy goodness. The architecture, the history, the beauty. Between la dolce vita and la bella figura they’ve got it nailed.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I often take interstaters to Redleaf Pool. A little trek down the winding paths of the Woollahra council gardens reveals the shimmering waters of this hidden gem. There’s something delightfully nostalgic about its wrap-around boardwalk and old pontoons. Good for the soul on a balmy sydney evening.

What are you currently reading?  
Having just returned from an enchanted sprawling trip through Italy, I’m re-reading Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. And I’ve just finished Gideon Haigh’s thrilling account of a 1949 Melbourne murder case; Certain Admissions. Incredible forensic journalism.

What are you currently listening to?
Currently, my most played playlist consists of Bill Withers, Dee Dee Bridgewater (thanks for the introduction Melbourne Jazz Festival), and old favourite, Donna Summer.

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
Further intrepid adventures.

Amber will be appearing in the return season of North by Northwest at Arts Centre Melbourne from 29 January 2016. For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.

Image: Amber McMahon – photo by Sally Flegg