On the Couch with Luke Mullins

Luke Mullins_ONCWho is Luke Mullins?
Luke Mullins is a theatre artist currently directing night maybe for Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre Company. He recently performed in Belvoir’s acclaimed production of Angels In America and regularly works with all major companies as well as making and performing work in the independent sector.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Be bolder. And a virtuoso dancer.

Who inspires you and why?
People who go to the theatre. They display such hope again and again.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Encourage and show difference wherever I can. Engender softness, compliance, forgiveness, grace.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Japan. The food, the people, the culture, the trains. The trains.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
In Sydney, Wendy Whiteley’s Garden in Lavender Bay. A beautiful and secluded way to experience Sydney’s visual beauty with some art history attached. In Melbourne: the Ian Potter Centre NGV to visit some Charles Blackman, and then tiny bar after tiny bar.

What are you currently reading?
Red Doc by the brilliant Canadian writer Anne Carson. It’s a sequel to her earlier book Autobiography of Red, which I made a performance piece from some years ago. She weaves the epic and the everyday together and makes you realize how inseparable they are.

What are you currently listening to?
Me Me Me The Brick House by Danish band Efterklang; they made a wonderful album/community art project called An Island and the version of this track from that project is on repeat.

Happiness is?
Running away together.

What does the future hold for you?
Returning to Sydney to work on Small and Tired at Belvoir in September, and then hopefully a holiday. Maybe to Scandinavia?  A long time in the dark and a long time in the light.

Luke trained at the VCA and has since worked as an actor, theatre-maker, director and dramaturge. He works extensively as an actor across all major companies as well as being a key part of the independent sector, creating work with many small companies and in ongoing collaborations.

As a core member of Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre he co-directed and performed in The Apocalypse Bear Triolgy presented at the MTC as part of the 2009 Melbourne Festival.

He has been a creator and performer on other Stuck Pigs works including The Eisteddfod, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, 4xBeckett, Agoraphobe, Untitled Intentional Exercise #1 and Nine Days Falling. Luke is currently developing two new works for the company.

night maybe is currently on at Theatre Works till 1 September 2013. For more information, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.