On the Couch with eva rees

eva-rees-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is eva rees?
eva rees is a trans actor and first time playwright living and working Naarm.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I think we can never be too kind to one another, but to give an answer that is less painfully earnest, I think we could have been a little more grateful for breakfast foods as a kid.

Who inspires you and why?
I feel constantly inspired by the trans people around me, who do the best job at being men and women.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I think we are all constantly making a difference in the world; the problem is that the differences we enact are rarely the ones we intend. I am constantly trying to align the two

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I get a real kick out of making my zoom background a tropical island.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Alice’s bookshop is bookshop in a storage container in Preston. The novelty alone is worth it.

What are you currently reading?
Quite a few: Against Nature for a class on decadent literature; a biography of Jacques Derrida called An Event Perhaps; Bryan Washington’s second book, Memorial and Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom: the latter is from Metonymy Press and they publish a lot of trans and POC artists.

What are you currently listening to?
Every five minutes or so, my fridge beeps. At first it annoyed me but now it gives me a sense of comfort and consistency.

Happiness is?
Riding my bike. I find the closeness of action and reaction comforting.

What does the future hold for you?
Plugging stuff feels awkward, but the season of ‘he/r’ begins on the 18th of January and goes until the 30th. Tickets at the 45downstairs website, so at least for the next two weeks, performing in that.

eva is the playwright of he/r (or, remember tomorrow when everything was ok) – which plays at fortyfivedownstairs as part of the 2022 Midsumma Festival from 25 – 30 January. For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

Image: eva rees (supplied)