On the Couch with Francis Greenslade

Francis Greenslade Arts Review On the CouchWho is Francis Greenslade?
Would be a great title for a prime time TV show. I’m available to host if the producers can’t find any other Francis Greenslades.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Exercise more, eat less, read more, work harder, spend less. Now I’m getting depressed.

Who inspires you and why?
People who give up regular salaries to work in the Arts. People who work part time on near poverty line levels so they can do theatre, or write novels or teach kids ballet. There’s a whole army of them out there.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
The late Paul Eddington, who was the PM in Yes Prime Minister has on his gravestone, the epitaph,  “He did very little harm.” I think that’s wonderful. If everyone avoided doing harm to anyone else, a lot of big problems would disappear.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
We’re very fond of Apollo Bay. Historical reasons. (Nothing to do the The Battle of Waterloo. We just have good memories of times there.)

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
To the football whenever the Adelaide Crows are in town.

What are you currently reading?
John Clark’s The Tournament. It’s completely unlike anything else. The man is brilliant.

What are you currently listening to?
Day of the Dead – An album of Grateful Dead covers. I don’t know anything about The Grateful Dead. It’s an interesting process, discovering them through other people’s versions of their songs.

Happiness is?
Being at home with the family, when everyone except me is asleep. Bliss.

What does the future hold for you?
Frantic rehearsing, trying to find a character, remember my moves and not bump into the furniture and then opening in a beautiful play called, You Got Older for Red Stitch Theatre.

You Got Older plays at the Red Stitch Actors Theatre: 3 September – 2 October 2016. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: Francis Greenslade

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