On the Couch with Jeffrey Jay Fowler

Arts Review On the Couch Jeffrey J FowlerWho is Jeffrey Jay Fowler?
A full human being, artistic sort, friend, brother, son, all that.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be a little taller.

Who inspires you and why?
Adriane Daff – she’s a uniquely talented actor and deviser who is always professional and creatively generous, and never shows any signs of egotism or bad attitude. She’s also just so damn good every time she’s on stage no matter what the part.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d get rid of the seven times table, which I think we can all agree is unnecessarily hard.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Rottnest Island. Nostalgic reasons. I spent many of my Christmas’ there. Going back at the end of each year gives me a nice time to reflect and read and hang with family and friends.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Cottesloe Beach, The Precinct in Vic Park and, if we have time, Denmark in WA’s South West.

What are you currently reading?
Babble by Charles Saatchi. It’s… babble.

What are you currently listening to?
The most recent albums I bought were Avalon by Roxy Music, Morning Phase by Beck, Late Night Tales: Jon Hopkins and Too Bright by Perfume Genius.

Happiness is?
When you’re not worrying about whether you are or aren’t happy.

What does the future hold for you?
In my daydreams I become a singer/songwriter, movie star, Oscar-winning director, world famous playwright, multi-millionaire philanthropist life saving all round on-the-front-of-magazines kind of guy. But in reality I’ll probably keep making theatre, writing songs to play myself in my spare moments, spending time with friends, maybe write a movie or something. I’m pretty content the way things are going.

Jeffrey Jay Fowler is a theatre maker, specialising in writing and directing. His most successful new works include FAG/STAG (Fringe World 2015, Winner Melbourne Fringe Award), Elephents (The Blue Room Theatre 2014, Fringe World 2015, Winner ‘Best New Play’ Performing Arts WA industry awards), Second Hands (Fringe World 2015, runner up ‘Best New WA work’), Minnie & Mona Play Dead (Fringe World 2013, Winner ‘Best New WA Work’), Hope is the Saddest (Perth Fringe World winner ‘Best Theatre’ 2012, tours to Melbourne Comedy Festival, New York Fringe Festival and Grahamstown Festival South Africa). As well as a member of The Last Great Hunt, Jeffrey is also the Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company, where he recently directed Blithe Spirit.

The Last Great Hunt‘s productions of FAG/STAG and Minnie & Mona Play Dead play at the North Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival from 18 September 2015. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au or www.thelastgreathunt.com for details.

Image: Jeffrey Jay Fowler