On the Couch with Catherine Alcorn

Catherine Alcorn oncWho is Catherine Alcorn?
I’m an Aussie singer, actor and producer who is just about to open a season of my new stage show Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie at the Glen Street Theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Work with teenage girls on self-esteem issues.

Who inspires you and why?
Theatre Producers working, against all odds, in the Australian Arts industry today!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Burn the Aussie budget and increase funding for education and the arts.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Country Australia. It’s where my heart is and where I’m happiest.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Straight to a show at the Sydney Opera House. There’s truly nothing else like it in the world. It still takes my breath away every time I visit.

What are you currently reading?
My script! I’ve also just finished Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders (she was so fab at the Opera House last month!) and am about to begin Kate Ceberano’s I’m Talking. I love biographies.

What are you currently listening to?
The soundtrack to my new show Nothing But a Song that will premiere at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June.

Happiness is?
Living your dream and spending time with the people you love.

What does the future hold for you?
A holiday! And….who knows! That’s the beauty of it.

Sydney born Catherine Alcorn is a 2003 Charles Sturt University acting graduate, who burst onto the cabaret scene a few years ago and has been wowing audiences nationally and internationally with her smash hit show The Divine Miss Bette, ever since.

Catherine self-produced The Divine Miss Bette from its humble beginnings in Wagga Wagga to its premiere at Sydney’s Slide Lounge in 2010, going on to headline some of the country’s best festivals including Noosa Long Weekend, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, Ballarat Cabaret Festival, and the inaugural Right Royal Cabaret New Zealand.

Her show, Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie premiered at the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, receiving rave reviews for Catherine and her creative team. She returns to Adelaide in June to premiere Nothing But a Song.

Catherine is also Creative Director of Slide Lounge and has been responsible for major events including the Slide Cabaret Festival, The Stroke of Midnight, Monday Night Live, and a variety of fundraisers. With a previous career in Film & TV production, her credits included Nine’s Wide World of Sports and Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure.

Catherine revisits Go Your Own Way: The Story of Christine McVie at the Glen Street Theatre from 27 May, and will premiere Nothing But a Song at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival from 11 June.

Image: Catherine Alcorn – photo by Kurt Sneddon at Blueprint Studios