On the Couch with George Kanaan

George-Kanaan-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is George Kanaan?
Sometime thinker, father, actor. Very political in my head. Always in the kitchen.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
In a totally non-misanthropic way, I would say something with my hands that didn’t necessarily require me to engage with others.  Sculpting of some kind or working wood – I like the meditative aspect of it. Or writing.

Who inspires you and why?
Individuals who speak truthfully and bravely. Kindness also. I am eternally inspired and moved by kindness!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Perhaps remind others that there is proper suffering in the world. And suffering in our own communities. If I had the skill, I’d see social justice done.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I really love New Zealand as a whole, for the tranquility and peace I feel there. I believe it’s the Maori culture as it breathes through the land. I also feel the kinship.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
It would have to be to the theatre. And a nice meal. There’s deep nourishment to be had there.

What are you currently reading?
Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend But The Mountains as research for the show, which powerfully details the conditions and experience inside Australia’s immigration detention, namely on Manus Island; I’m slowly reading Simon Winchester’s Land; as well as Rick Reuben’s The Creative Act: A Way of Being.

What are you currently listening to?
Currently, I’m really enjoying classic Aussie hip hop – particularly Triple One and Hilltop Hoods.

Happiness is?
Given I’m currently away from family, I’d definitely have to say family! And friends. Though happiness is also found in the moment. And in a good film.

What does the future hold for you?
The future always holds unimaginable possibilities. Hope resides there. One such possibility is an upcoming shoulder surgery, so some proper guilt-free Netflix bingeing while I feel sorry for myself and recover. Family.  Shoulder exercises.  And perhaps some time for myself.

George performs in the world premiere of This Rough Magic by Helen Machalias, running from 11 – 19 November 2023 at The Street Theatre, Canberra. For more information, visit: www.thestreet.org.au for details.

Image: George Kanaan (supplied)