On the Couch with Kevin Summers

MEEKA Kevin Summers photo by Dan WallsWho is Kevin Summers?
A Melbourne based actor, playwright and journalist.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d be less inclined to take orders from people I knew to be charlatans or at the very least poseurs.

Who inspires you and why?
Those who strive to have a cogent and humane world view. It takes diligence and courage.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I don’t believe anything I’ve done has made a difference to anything. Few individuals are capable of that. Doesn’t mean we stop trying.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t really take holidays in the accepted sense. I like train trips through the Australian country. It’s more about the journey than the destination.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
if the races were at Caulfield, I’d guide them around the points of historical interest. The structures are changing, I can always point to a spot where some matter of turf history occurred. I know a lot about horse racing.

What are you currently reading?
Frank Moorhouse’s Australia Under Surveillance, a hard look at ASIO.

What are you currently listening to?
I mostly listen to the Russian composers. I take in as much as I can from ABC radio.

Happiness is?
To indulge in everyday safety, free from oppression.

What does the future hold for you?
Having nearly died last year from an embolism, I’m pleased to take on most of the stuff I’m offered. I’ll not be too choosey.

Kevin will be appearing in the Australian premiere of Dan Walls’ Meeka, at fortyfivedownstairs from 3 February 2016. For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

Image: Kevin Summers – photo by Dan Walls

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