On the Couch with Helen Dallimore

AAR Helen Dallimore by Sia DuffWho is Helen Dallimore?
A middle-aged mother and jobbing actress, lucky enough to make a living out of doing what I love.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be better with money! I’d be flipping properties all over the place and swimming in cash.

Who inspires you and why?
Tina Fey, Amy Poehler,  Amy Schumer… funny, strong women who have changed the landscape for female writer/performers. And of course Judy Garland, who was a survivor in much more challenging circumstances, and one of the funniest women in history.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d be happy if I could inspire young women and girls to be brave and strong and follow their dreams.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I went to the Maldives last year, it was paradise. Just turquoise water in every direction. So peaceful. For culture, I’ll take Italy.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m not from Adelaide, but I went to the coast here once and it was very beautiful. I always head to the ocean wherever I am.

What are you currently reading?
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
by Gerald Clarke.

What are you currently listening to?
Judy Garland (I’m pretty immersed at the moment!)

Happiness is?
At home in Sydney with my family, walking our dog by the water, pottering in the garden and swimming in the sea.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m looking forward to doing The Wharf Revue later this year. And lots more writing!

Helen stars as Judy Garland in State Theatre Company South Australia’s production of Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow at the Royalty Theatre (31 May – 22 June) as part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival: 7 – 22 June 2019. For more information, visit: www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au or www.statetheatrecompany.com.au for details.

Image: Helen Dallimore – photo by Sia Duff