On the Couch with Eddie Pattison

Eddie-Pattison-photo-by-Underground-MediaWho is Eddie Pattison?
I’m a stereotypical queer Melbourne artist. I have a septum piercing, a dumb haircut, love my oat milk and a have very relaxed and fluctuating relationship with vegetarianism. I’m also a fool who loves holding a microphone.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing right now so I don’t really have a clue, to be fair.

Who inspires you and why?
Way too many people to list, we’d need a bottle of red and a whole house party for me to make it through that list. But the things they all have in common is a fierce love of community, a focus on collaboration, mad creativity, and a good dose of stupidity.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Make it mandatory for everyone to work a minimum of one year in customer service.

Favorite holiday destination and why?
I don’t really do a lot of travel, instead I cannibalise my free time and money to make theatre. That being said, Noosa’s nice!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to and why?
I’m a sucker for a good museum or gallery, but the best thing about living in Melbourne is usually my friends come down with their own wish list of stuff to do, and they end up showing me around just as much as I do them.

What are you currently reading?
At the moment I’m reading The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair. It’s this awesome deep dive into the histories and significance of specific shades and their pigments throughout history.

What are you currently listening to?
Multiple Podcasts. If anyone’s looking for recommendations you should hit up Maintenance Phase, Every Little Thing and Not Another D&D Podcast (even if you don’t play D&D)

Happiness is?
Having all the laundry done by 2pm.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully finishing up a few projects, seeing a few shows with a friends, and maybe ordering some pakoras from the Indian place up the road.

Eddie stars in the Australian premiere of A Hundred Words for Snow by Tatty Hennessy – which will be presented at Theatre Works, St Kilda: 2 – 7 May 2022. For more information, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.

Image: Eddie Pattison – photo by Underground Media