On the Couch with Eloise Snape

Eloise Snape AAR On the CouchWho is Eloise Snape?
Eloise Snape is a cat lady who likes to make theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I have a quiet obsession with aviation and I always wanted to be a vet when I grew up. So I actually discovered the job I probably should be doing the other day when I stumbled across some genius British television – a reality program about people who work in pet quarantine at Heathrow Airport. So yep – I probably should have done a lot of things differently.

Who inspires you and why?
My Mum. My Dad. My partner, Sam. My cat, Terrence. My friends. Actually, I recently had the privilege of being at the birth of the baby of a dear friend. That was pretty inspiring. When I occasionally bother to exercise and start complaining about it I always remind myself of watching what she went through during labour and then being in plank doesn’t seem that bad.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Apart from all of the obvious major world issues that I wish I could do something about, I think I would take mobile phones away from everyone and remember what it’s like to sit on a bus and actually look out the window. I could feel my own phone addiction anxiety creeping in while I typed that.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Ooh. I am going to say two destinations. Italy and Vietnam. Italy because of all of the things – the history, beauty, culture, people, ROME and PASTA. Vietnam because of the same things (minus  Rome, the pasta, add the pho, coffee and beer), but also, I have made some really incredible memories there and so it feels special to me. I’ve been 4 times now and I think I will continue to go back.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I guess it’s not really an attraction, but I actually love taking my international friends to the balcony of The London Hotel in Balmain for a beer in the sun and the view down Darling Street towards the harbour.

What are you currently reading?
Lena Dunham’s book – Not That Kind of Girl. A bit late to the party, I know.

What are you currently listening to?
Future Islands latest album – The Far Field.

Happiness is?
A glass of bubbles at the airport about to board a plane to a country I’ve never been to.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m pretty sure I’ll be sitting in a hot tub being showered with cash and champagne, watching RuPaul’s Drag Race while Sam massages my feet. That’s how life works right? Naaaa as long as I’m still able to make theatre and I’m surrounded by my loved ones, travel, wine (and RuPaul) then the future sounds like a good place to be.

Eloise is currently co-producing and appearing in AIR by Joanna Erskine at the Old 505 Theatre until 30 June 2018. For more information, visit: www.old505theatre.com for details.

Image: Eloise Snape