On the Couch with Chris Drummond

Arts Review On the Couch Chris DrummondWho is Chris Drummond?
Artistic Director of Brink Productions.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Tell funnier jokes. Dance like nobody’s watching. Be braver in all sorts of ways.

Who inspires you and why?
People who find success without compromising their humanity. It’s really hard to do both!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Embed artists and art, and art making into every layer of society – in education, health, manufacturing, industry, welfare, politics etc. Put arts at the source and we create connection and interconnection – cognitively, emotionally, socially and culturally; opening up neural pathways, fostering well-being, nurturing more meaningful, effective and higher functioning relationships, strengthening lateral problem solving skills, building techniques in adaptive reasoning and unlocking people’s personal stories to break down barriers and build empathy and compassion.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere with my family and a view.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Adelaide in March is pretty hard to beat. I love it when interstate friends discover WOMADelaide for the first time.

What are you currently reading?
The Vivisector by Patrick White. I’m reading a lot of Patrick White at the moment in the build up to The Aspirations of Daise Morrow which is Brink’s adaptation of a White short story.

What are you currently listening to?
Brilliant new music from Zephyr Quartet written for The Aspirations of Daise Morrow.

Happiness is?
A cuddle with my daughters.

What does the future hold for you?
Brink is working with some truly amazing artists over the next few years on some of the most exciting projects we’ve ever been involved with.

Chris Drummond is Artistic Director of Brink Productions where his credits include Thursday, Land & Sea, Skip Miller’s Hit Songs, Harbinger, The Hypochondriac, When the Rain Stops Falling, Beetle Graduation, The Clockwork Forest, This Uncharted Hour and Drums in the Night.

Chris’ production of When the Rain Stops Falling won multiple awards including 2010 ACT Green Room Award – Production; 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards: Best New Australian Work; 2009 Victorian Green Room Awards (Production, Set Design, Lighting Design, New Writing for Stage); and 2008 Ruby Award (Best Work.

Chris was Associate Director at the State Theatre Company of South Australia between 2000 and 2004 and his credits include Babyteeth, Art, The Dying Gaul, The Merchant of Venice, drowning in my ocean of You and Night Letters. Other directing credits include The Flying Dutchman for the State Opera Company of South Australia (Helpmann Ward nomination for best direction) and a devised work entitled The Dissolving Self for NIDA in association with Brink and Carriageworks.

Chris is currently directing the world premiere of The Aspirations of Daise Morrow at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre: 10 – 24 October 2015. For more information, visit: www.brinkproductions.com for details.

Image: Chris Drummond

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