On the Couch with Callum Francis

Callum Francis Arts Review On the CouchWho is Callum Francis?
Callum Francis is a 28 years old, baby of 5 boys, English lad who is FAR from home.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I wanted to be an architect, but that changed very quickly when I realised math and I didn’t really get on.

Who inspires you and why?
My parents. Without a doubt I would never have the attitude and drive I have now without their brilliant parenting. I’m a very lucky guy.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Whatever I can, be it little or small. Our slogan of Kinky Boots is “you change the world when you change your mind” – so if I can do one thing a day to change someone’s mind then we are onto something.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I have yet to go but I just know it will be my favourite, there are glass roof igloos in Finland where you sleep under the aurora borealis. It’s a dream to go there and I will!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Well because I’m not from here I still don’t know. Work has swamped me at the minute, so as soon as I can I’ll begin exploring Melbourne and then I’ll have that answer.

What are you currently reading?
Currently nothing. I just finished reading The Girl on the Train – brilliant brilliant thriller. I just hope the film is as good.

What are you currently listening to?
A girl from England named JONES. Not well known yet but writes and sings brilliant music.

Happiness is?
I was saying to a member of the cast a day or two ago that I wouldn’t change anything. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. So happiness is doing what you love because life is too short. As my mum always says, ‘You’ll never work a day in your life if you do what you love’.

What does the future hold for you?
Who knows! Who even has that answer. One thing I do know is that Australia is bloody marvelous and if my feeling towards it keeps growing then I may have to set up camp here for a while.

Callum hails from Manchester, UK and trained at Laine Theatre Arts, London. He comes directly from the original London Production of Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre, where he understudied the role of Lola. His previous theatre credits include Cameron Mackintosh’s London revival of Miss Saigon, and West End productions of The Lion King, Ghost and Naked Boys Singing. He also performed in the European tour of Hair; Ultimate Broadway in Shanghai, China; and Fame at Manchester Opera House.

Callum stars as Lola in the Australian premiere season of Kinky Boots, currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre until 15 January 2017. For more information, visit: www.kinkybootsthemusical.com.au for details.

Image: Callum Francis (supplied)