On the Couch with Elise Hearst

Elise Hearst onc

Who is Elise Hearst?
A redhead. Though now kind of strawberry blonde. No doubt, my life would be different if my hair had been another colour.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d eat meat so I could enjoy a more diverse culinary experience. But, not gonna happen.

Who inspires you and why?
My family – strong, supportive, loving, and very funny.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Get my vegie patch going and ride my bike more. And ensure my son turns out to be a good feminist.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Italy. The coffee, the Auto Grill, the flirting, the scenery, and the many wonderful memories of being there with the love of my life.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Glicks on a Friday afternoon. It’s mayhem in there!

What are you currently reading?
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

What are you currently listening to?
The Gnossiennes by Erik Satie

Happiness is?
My son playing with his great grandmother.

What does the future hold for you?
Caravan parks.

Elise Hearst is a Melbourne based playwright, and a graduate of a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Melbourne University. She attended World Interplay 2005 and in 2006 relocated to London. From 2006-07 she attended the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme. Readings and performances of her work were shown at Trafalgar Studios, The Soho Theatre, The Hampstead Theatre and Theatre503.

Upon returning to Melbourne, her play Dirtyland was included in the 2009 National Play Festival, and premiered with a full production at the New Theatre in April 2011. Other credits include award-winning play Apple, The Sea Project (ARTHUR/MUDLARK Tas, MTC Cybec Readings,), She’s a Little Finch (MKA, Melbourne), The Sun Room (MKA, Melbourne) and Delight (Griffin Theatre). Elise held a 2010 residency with the Griffin Theatre.

Elise’s latest play, The Mesh will receive its world premiere at Red Stitch Actors Theatre from 17 October 2014. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: Elise Hearst