On the Couch with Harry Greenwood

Harry Greenwood Arts Review On the CouchWho is Harry Greenwood?
I’m a Sydney based actor currently on tour with Belvoir St. Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Of late I’ve been seriously considering upgrading to a dumbphone. It would be an ‘upgrade’ in the sense that it would hopefully allow me to take back the smarts I seem to have lost to my phone in recent years. I’m going to jump in and go cold turkey! All I need is messaging, calls… and maybe snake.

Who inspires you and why?
Honest people. People with true, active passion. Straight talkers. Too often in this country I feel we shirk proper debate of the tough issues and in doing so betray our morals as we blithely adopt an attitude of deference. Stick your head out and have an opinion I say!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Appoint more women and young people to positions of power, enforce a move to 100% renewable energy, increase social welfare, force multinationals to pay their fair share of tax and outlaw factory farming!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Copenhagen, Denmark. Quiet, socially progressive, great food and the perfect starting point for a trip through Scandinavia.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Let’s hope it doesn’t become an attraction through my talking about it but I like to take newcomers to a secret spot by the water in the Sydney Harbour National Park that we stumbled upon a few years back. It’s the perfect place to spend a lazy summer afternoon with friends and has a beautiful view looking out through the heads.

What are you currently reading?
Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls.

What are you currently listening to?
In the last six months I have become obsessed with podcasts. I can’t get enough of them. My current favourites are This American Life  and The Moth. Check out: This American Life’s episode, In defense of ignorance.

Happiness is?
Not being fearful of sadness.

What does the future hold for you?
Like a media savvy football player, I think I’ll stick to the “we’re taking it one week at a time” line. I don’t like to endgame things, but hopefully I can continue to work with inspiring people on great writing. A working actor is a happy actor!

Harry can be seen in Belvoir St. Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, which plays Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre from 19 May 2016. For more information, visit: www.malthousetheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Harry Greenwood

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