On the Couch with Ben Walter

Ben Walter AAR On the CouchWho is Ben Walter?
An actor. A theatre producer. A director. A musician. Deaf in one ear.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Wreak a little more havoc. Or become a professional jazz pianist. Travel more frequently, perhaps.

Who inspires you and why?
Ben Folds. ‘Cause he doesn’t take himself too seriously, which makes people shut up and listen. I’m pretty sure he describes his style as punk rock for sissies. He’s also a hobbyist photographer and a total nerd. He’s also just as good, if not better live, than on his records.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d try and expose more young people to theatre that is relevant to the world we live in today, not 50 – 400 years ago. Or drop everything and go and teach English to those who aren’t as fortunate as I have been in terms of access to education. Everything I’m passionate about is built around language and communication; what valuable skills to share.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
London, because I’ve never been to New York.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Pubs, pubs, pubs. Or Shawcross Pizza Joint on Brunswick Street. Pizza and beer.

What are you currently reading?
I’ve just started reading Polly Stenham’s plays and am hooked. Recently finished reading all Alistair McDowell’s brilliant work – If someone can please explain the end of ‘X’ to me, that’d be greatly appreciated.

What are you currently listening to?
The Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast. Radiohead, Bowie, Cinematic Orchestra. But only ever through one headphone, mind.

Happiness is?
A cold beer after a day of manual labour.

What does the future hold for you?
I’d love to have a proper crack at writing a play. Maybe bricks and mortar. Edinburgh Fringe. Something with feathers. New York. London, again. Just more work.

Ben stars in Lightning Jar Theatre’s production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at fortyfivedownstairs: 15 February – 10 March 2019. For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

Image: Ben Walter (supplied)