On the Couch with Dale Burridge

Hayes-Theatre-Dale-BurridgeWho is Dale Burridge?
Original Raoul in the Australian Premiere Production of The Phantom of the Opera, Music Theatre & Cabaret Artist, Producer, Collaborator, Traveler, Tree Lover, Survivor.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Allow myself more time in my solitude. I think we can all forget how to be with ourselves, breath and just be thankful.

Who inspires you and why?
Anyone who stands outside their comfort zone, leads with compassion, fights for injustice, listens and leads with integrity and intelligence… oh that’s Jacinda Ardern (NZ Prime Minister)

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Plant more trees, hug more people, collaborate in community based art projects, hug my friends more, fight for inequality and injustice, share my gift and passion of singing and the unique and universal language of music and storytelling.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Sweden – because my husband is Swedish, it’s my second home and it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The walk from the Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo through the Sydney botanical gardens past Lady Macquarie’s chair, to the Sydney Opera House steps around Circular Quay and end up at Barangaroo. Paying respect and acknowledging our traditional land owners and first nation’s people. This is the best way to take in Sydney, its natural beauty, historical significance, indigenous heritage and iconic architecture as well as bloody good exercise!

What are you currently reading?
Turner’s Turn – Australian Leading Lady Geraldine Turner’s poignant and unflinchingly honest autobiography of a life well lived both on stage and off. It’s a who’s who of the Australian theatre industry and how brutal the business of show can be at times. Above all it’s about survival!

What are you currently listening to?
I have a very eclectic taste in music, it can be music theatre one day and country to classical the next. But currently I’m researching repertoire and listening to the music of the American music theatre composer David Friedman.

Happiness is?
Walking in a forest, collaboration, hugging my husband and standing in front of an audience in a darkened theatre.

What does the future hold for you?
Possibilities and the opportunity to always learn more.

Dale returns to the stage with a funny and moving exploration of the highs and lows of a life spent on, and off, the stage in At the Crossroads at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth: 25 – 27 August, as part of the Downstairs at The Maj 2022 Season. Dale will also present Back on the Boards at His Majesty’s Theatre: 24 August, as part of the Morning Melodies Concert Series.

Image: Dale Burridge (supplied)