On the Couch with Dean Robinson

Dean Robinson AAR On the CouchWho is Dean Robinson?
I’m a young restless Performer who can’t say no, to anything. I’ve always been passionate and full of energy, ask literally anyone that knows me and they’ll say full of energy. I love wine, coffee, my friends, hosting dinner parties and wine. I am constantly trying to find new places to pour my energy into, and more often than not that’s a new recipe.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
No matter what I’d do, it will be in Theatre. Whether it’s stage managing, marketing or anything really, and even though my focus is performing at the moment, I still am finding ways to do these kinds of things. I can’t be away from Theatre for too long, I always find my way back. I also spend a lot of time with kids, and absolutely adore kids, so if I could marry both of these loves I’d be set!

Who inspires you and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had so many great teachers and inspiring people in my life. Lisa-Marie Parker has been a huge inspiration for me recently, constantly pushing me to be my best and giving new opportunities and supporting my new ideas! How she manages to juggle the many hats she wears in her life is so inspiring to be able to get everything done.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
There’s so much wrong with our Government at the moment, between putting Australia through The Plebiscite, The horrors on Manus and Nauru and the awful treatment of Refugees here, and their general incompetence in running the country. If I could do more to change this Government, I would, but it takes more than one, the youth of Australia who are generally on the same page with the issues need to take more notice and take action in elections and show our vote is worth something and can make a difference in the country, and to remember there is more to the Government than just The Labor or Liberal Parties.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
This November I’m going to New York for the very first time. I’m sure after that trip, New York will become my favourite destination being the heart of Theatre. But I also recently had a fabulous time in Fiji, gorgeous beaches and constant cocktails. It was exactly the relaxing and rejuvenating time I needed!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I love the aquarium. I always have found the ocean so interesting because it’s just so unexplored, and so very different to anything on land. Sea animals can be so peculiar, and I love it – although that would probably be more for me than the friend.

What are you currently reading?
As much as I love reading, I’m really terrible at finding time to read, but I just recently read The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, which has been on my shelf waiting to be read for a very long time. I absolutely love the deconstruction of social classes in Australia. I’m also halfway through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which is fantastic, just finding time to finish it…

What are you currently listening to?
I’m a little too obsessed with Cher’s new ABBA album, its just the perfect combination of camp and great songs. All of Troye Sivan’s new music always gets me in a great mood too.

Happiness is?
Coffee. Sleep. Wine. Honestly I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by friends, everyone’s lives get so busy, but when you find time to truly catch up, even if it’s as simple as a quick coffee or wine, probably a wine, or seeing a show, usually with wine, then I’m happy.

What does the future hold for you?
This question is honestly something I am always asked, and the reason I can’t say no to anything. I always hate being asked this and not having something to answer of what’s happening next for me. At the moment there are a few projects in the pipeline. Hopefully long term I just get to continue to ride this crazy journey I’ve been on so far and continue to perform and create great Theatre in all aspects big and small.

Dean presents The Date at The Butterfly Club as part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe: 24 – 30 September. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Dean Robinson (supplied)