On the Couch with Craig Christie

Craig-Christie-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Craig Christie?
By my own definition Craig Christie is a storyteller who writes tunes.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I wish I’d spent time when I was younger learning to be a proper musician rather than someone who bangs on the piano with his elbows to write songs.

Who inspires you and why?
People are endlessly fascinating and I reckon there is a story to be told about anyone. However, I have been especially inspired by people who have overcome remarkable obstacles and not become embittered by the experience. They are humbling and remind me that kindness is more important than being heard.

What would you do to make a diference in the world?
I like to think I have made, and continue to make, a small difference by listening to people and giving voice to those whose stories may not otherwise have been heard. A recent project, where I told the story of a young Syrian who came as refugee to Australia, was produced and toured in the UK in partnership with a theatre company in Derby and a few weeks ago, won a big arts award for Community Engagement and Youth, is an example of part of my passion for the power of storytelling and song.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I am an addicted traveler and love the adventure of discovering new places. That being said I do love Italy because of the history and the food.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Living near the Yarra Valley it’s always fun to tour the wineries and food places there. However, the main attraction is our deck where good food, wine, conversation and laughter are guaranteed. The lucky ones even get to go into “the Good Room” later in the evening for Baileys by candle light.

What are you currently reading?  
I’ve just finished The Binding by Bridget Collins – an absolutely stunning read and one I recommend to everyone.

What are you currently listening to?   
Taylor Swift.

Happiness is?  
Sharing food and wine with family and friends.

What does the future hold for you?
I’ve never been much of a planner and have always maintained my career has been a series of happy accidents. More time wining and dining with family and friends (detect a pattern?) and hopefully the day will come soon when we can return to London (where we lived for six months of every year for the past eight years BC – Before Covid) and immerse ourselves in the industry and people who have been so supportive and welcoming since I first had a show on the West End in 2008.

Craig has written and created Jungle Bungle – which will be presented at Theatre Works from 14 – 17 April 2021. For more information, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.

Image: Craig Christie (supplied)