On the Couch with Brenda Addie

Brenda Addie Arts Review On the CouchWho is Brenda Addie?
A theatre maker who has been around the block many times in many different guises – actor, writer, producer, director and audience member.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Nothing. I love making theatre, especially directing theatre. But within that, I would love to think bigger and find a way to create significant productions for inclusion on the European festival circuit.

Who inspires you and why?
Ariane Mnouchkine; the iconic, artistic and stage director of Théâtre du Soleil. Her vision and capacity to create theatre that speaks to the soul and for her ability to realize her beliefs: I believe in light. I believe in magic. I believe in the power of beauty, light, hope, joy, laughter and tears to inspire. I believe in emotions. I believe that they communicate thoughts, and thus communicate life. They are transformers of intelligence.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Get rid of money.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Epidavros, Greece for the whole summer. So I can see every production at the big and little amphitheatres and revel in Greek theatre making as well as soaking up the sun and the culture. And practice my appalling Greek.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Summer time lunch or early dinner in the back garden at Pope Joan (Nicholson St, East Brunswick), to savour their excellent selection of gin.

What are you currently reading?
Confessions by Jaume Cabre for the second time. An amazingly absorbing and erudite read that I discovered in a book group in Brittany, France.

What are you currently listening to?
Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Third Time Lucky for a happy summer sound.

Happiness is?
Getting up in the morning and being thoroughly excited about going to work.

What does the future hold for you?
Launching One Little Room Theatre into the Melbourne theatre scene with Breathing Corpses. A summer season of The Magic Pudding at Beleura House, Mornington and There is Nothing Like A Dame (or ‘Sing ‘em Muck) about Nellie Melba and Clara Butt, also at Beleura House in March 2017.

Brenda is directing the Victorian premiere of Laura Wade’s Breathing Corpses as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe at Candyland Arts Space: 15 September – 1 October. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au or www.onelittleroomtheatre.com for details.

Image: Brenda Addie