On the Couch with Laurence Coy

Style: "Color tone - neutral"Who is Laurence Coy?
Someone who loves stories. I listen to them, read them, write them and lucky enough to be allowed to get together with like-minded people and perform them on stage and screen.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Spend more time reading and writing – and less time looking at mindless Facebook news feeds.

Who inspires you and why?
There’s a generation of young performing artists including Toby Schmitz, Sarah Giles, Brendan Cowell, Leland Keane, Tanya Goldberg, Paige Rattray … they’re raw and wild and unconstrained and I love watching what they get up to. I also find enormous inspiration in the courage and determination and team work of professional footballers.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Vote out this hideous government!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
NYC – it’s an adults theme park.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Snorkelling at Clovelly Beach in the morning; lunch at Lucios, then to a game of Rugby League.

What are you currently reading?
The News by Alain de Botton – it’s my book club’s choice this month.

What are you currently listening to?
Podcasts of Richard Fidler’s Conversations in the car; Kate Miller-Heidke’s beautiful new album at home.

Happiness is?
Working in a great play with a great cast. The Roosters winning premierships.

What does the future hold for you?
More plays, more great casts and more premierships with any luck.

Laurence Coy has had the opportunity to work for all the State Theatre Companies in Australia, Bell Shakespeare, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney Festivals, Marion St, Q Theatre and many commercial and independent producers.

He is devoted to Australian playwriting and stand out theatre roles for him in the past 30 years have been Ron Blair’s The Christian Brothers that he toured throughout Ireland and Britain; and Alex Buzo’s ‘Norm’ from Norm and Ahmed and Sgt Dan Simmonds in David Williamson’s The Removalists.

For Darlinghurst Theatre Company he has performed in The Frail Man, Breathing Corpses and Portia Coughlan. Laurence’s feature film credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Fool’s Gold, The Three Stooges and Doing Time For Patsy Cline. On television he has appeared in Devil’s Dust, Wild Boys, Rake, Crownies and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Laurence is a graduate in Arts (Theatre Studies) from UNSW, in Acting from WAAPA, in Directing from NIDA and he has an MA in Screenwriting from UTS. He will be seen next in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s production of The Young Tycoons at the Eternity Playhouse from 16 May. For more information, visit: www.darlinghursttheatre.com for details.

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