On the Couch with Kevin Hopkins

Kevin Hopkins AAR On the CouchWho is Kevin Hopkins?
I am a father and partner, and a socialist. I am actor, director and teacher, who loves Shakespeare.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would like to be more politically active, and be better read.

Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by great playwrights and great socialists, such as Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin, these people have very great ideas, but do not see these ideas as insurmountable. I am also inspired by my mother and father, who are average working people with smaller, but no less valuable ideas.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
If I were able, I would abolish inequality – as I believe this is the single most issue which drives people to act in cruel selfishness. Oh, and dismantle capitalism, as this causes inequality. And speak more Shakespeare.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Europe has such an historical theatre and arts culture. It is a place (amongst others) where artists are respected for what they do, unlike Australia. Not just to holiday but to work.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Grampians to walk, as the spectacular dramatic landscape of this ancient place is absolutely awe inspiring and engenders a sense of peace.

What are you currently reading?
Letters to Melina by Franz Kafka and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

Happiness is?
Being respected for what I do, being treated fairly, being able to have plenty of work, but not too much. Having time to escape the city when necessary.

What are you currently listening to?
British psychedelic jazz outfit called Syd Arthur, also Tom Waits, and other stuff.

What does the future hold for you?
I would like to work in Europe more. Next year, I am directing King Lear for the Prague Shakespeare Company in the Czech Republic. Working with young people, here and overseas. More acting, I hope.

Kevin stars in The Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne: 21 December 2018 – 23 February 2019. For more information, visit: www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au for details.

Image: Kevin Hopkins (supplied)