On the Couch with Geraldine Turner

Geraldine-Turner-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Geraldine Turner?
I am a flawed human being, always honest, forthright, often scared, but fiercely loyal and generous.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I had the opportunity, I would write more and direct more. I don’t feel the urgent need I used to feel about performing. However, creating art can take a number of forms. I can’t see myself stopping creativity ever.

Who inspires you and why?
Gee, a number of people. Apart from a few idols like Judy Garland, anyone who overcomes difficulties in life and never gives up. I find such people inspiring.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would like to think, in my small way, I am making a difference in people’s lives. I have had many touching messages from all sorts of people about my recent memoir, Turner’s Turn. That is humbling.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I love all things Italy. I have driven through the country and visited many wonderful places. I love Italian food and I love Italians and how they embrace life to the fullest. I never tire of Rome.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
A walk in the Botanical Gardens is always a must. I am a gardener at heart and relish showing people plants and discussing gardens.

What are you currently reading?
Shy … the Mary Rodgers biography.

What are you currently listening to?
Music is work to me. As I am not preparing anything at the moment, I prefer to watch inane television for relaxation.

Happiness is?
The love of a dog.

What does the future hold for you?
More surprises, I hope and more work as I love to work on projects. It really is a question of always making a contribution and continuing to learn, oh, and having younger friends amongst your friends list to keep your mind expanding as you age.

Geraldine stars as Mrs Boyle in the 70th Anniversary production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – opening at the Theatre Royal, Sydney from 8 October; before playing the Playhouse – QPAC, Brisbane from 3 November; Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide from 31 December 2022; and the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne from 17 February 2023. For more information, visit: www.themousetrap.com.au for details.

Image: Geraldine Turner (supplied)