On the Couch with Camilla Blunden

Camilla Blunden Arts Review On the CouchWho is Camilla Blunden?
Me. I sometimes wonder Moments, places, people you have inside you and around you then and now. Where do they all fit in or do they? And what about you?

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Have an administrator so I don’t have to sit so long at a computer, but can float off into the creative impulses inside me, and occasionally land when necessary.

Who inspires you and why?
People who care, believe and have a thirst for always developing, and who are not afraid or lacking the willingness to make things happen. People who look way outside their own realm and want to know and understand more and more. There is a huge diversity of them around us and then there are individuals you particularly remember; like one of my grandmothers, my music and english teachers at school. Full, most of all, with passion.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Like Hestia, never take part in war. Like Baubo, make them all have a big belly laugh. Watch the way small children relate to each other and make adults do the same. No gaps, no gulfs, no differences, just acceptance.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The sea… anywhere. I grew up in Cornwall, where it is always present, and in my family there is a whole line of connection with it. Anywhere where you stand on the shore can take you anywhere in your mind. The shorelines I have had contact with have each their own special flavour.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Up to the top of Mount Ainslie (Canberra); a good walk close to where I live, it can be a struggle – I puff and pant a lot! You meet a few kangaroos, hopefully not too many rabbits, occasionally a fox streaking past. Then at the top you see the fine design the Burley Griffin’s, Walter and Marian, were mostly responsible for – until the bureaucrats interfered. And also the clear air.

What are you currently reading?
Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital

What are you currently listening to?
Mother Africa.

Happiness is?

What does the future hold for you?
Continuing enjoyment from my wonderful children and grandchildren and their lives. Also from my friends, and from my ongoing excitement and invigoration from a range of artistic work. Increasing realisation that at my age time is precious and I want to use all of it, stay fit and healthy and keep my brain ticking over as well as my imagination. Have fun!

Writer and performer Camilla Blunden has over 35 years experience as a professional actor, director, creator, and mentor with organisations that include: The Street Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, Shortis and Simpson, The Ensemble Theatre Company, Bunch of Posers, and Women on a Shoestring Theatre Company.

Camilla will present her one woman show, All This Living! at The Butterfly Club for a limited season: 22 – 26 February 2017. For more information visit: www.thebutterflyclub.com or www.camillablunden.com for details.

Image: Camilla Blunden (supplied)