On the Couch with Chris Isaacs

Chris Isaacs Arts Review On the CouchWho is Chris Isaacs?
31 year old writer, devisor, performer, theatre maker, privileged white cis-gender heterosexual male, husband, friend, co-owner of a cat, average dancer, sports enthusiast, core artist at The Last Great Hunt, hater of labelling humans and about 82kg wishing he was maybe 77kg.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Eat better. Exercise more. So why don’t I do that? Like it’s not out of my control is it? Or is it? Dammit… I’m two questions in and already having an existential crisis.

Who inspires you and why?
The people I work with when making shows. It’s a hard industry and you have to be very committed and driven to keep at it. It’s not easy making art – it’s a very lucky position we hold to do so, but it’s not easy – every time you have to give a lot of yourself over to it, and it hurts.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
If it’s a hypothetical question then better education, for more people – at a cheaper (if not free) cost. But if it’s a practical question then be kind and vote yes for marriage equality.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anything with mountains and is close to the wild. So New Zealand and Taiwan are pretty good. Taiwan maybe more so because my wife’s family are there and local knowledge is a pretty good thing to have when travelling.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Whichever one they’d be happiest doing. If it means the beach then that’s a good option because we have nice beaches. But if they just want to sit in a backyard and have a few drinks… that works too. On a good day I’d suggest a walk through some of bushlands we have around – or even get out of Perth and head down south.

What are you currently reading?
The Border Trilogy – Cormac McCarthy. About the finish the second novel The Crossing.

What are you currently listening to?
The National, Sharon Van Etten, Gillian Welch, Vashti Bunyan, Jackson C. Frank, Nick Cave, Max Richter.

Happiness is?
One side of a two sided coin and is given more value because of it.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully long term more of what I’m doing now – making theatre shows and trying to live a noble life. In the short term – the next three weeks or so will be a wonderfully creative period of bringing a new work BALI to the Subiaco Arts Centre. Working with my co-writer and co-performer Jeffrey Jay Fowler, we’re looking at privilege, power and asking the question ‘can put a price on paradise?’

BALI is currently playing at the Subiaco Arts Centre until 28 October 2017. For more information, visit: www.thelastgreathunt.com or www.ptt.wa.gov.au for details.

Image: Chris Isaacs (supplied)