On the Couch with Mark Rogers

Mark Rogers AAR On the CouchWho is Mark Rogers?
I’m a playwright and general theatre dude. I’m from Wagga Wagga originally, but now I live on Wodi Wodi land on the South Coast.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I think if I didn’t write plays, I’d probably play in bands. I mean, I play in bands now, but if I didn’t have all this theatre writing I wanted to get done I’d have more time to play in bands.

Who inspires you and why?
Honestly (and particularly for this most recent play) – my partner, Ash. She’s possibly the most hilarious and ridiculously passionate person in the world. We made a baby together a few years back and watching Ash mother our kid with intelligence, patience and a big smile on her face has been pretty inspiring.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I wish people were less certain about things and didn’t find it so hard to change their minds. I think if we all approached everything with a bit less certainty and a bit more willingness to be wrong, that could make a big difference.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I want to say all the magic O/S places I’m desperate to go back to but for properly “holiday” vibes where I don’t have to do anything  – I go to my parents place in Broulee. I just slob on the lounge and watch test cricket, occasionally go over to the beach, do the Target. That’s an ideal holiday for me.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Where I live now, if they’re keen on trying out surfing, I take them out at Sharkies Beach. If they’re terrified by that idea I take them to Coalcliff Baths – one of the many great ocean pools around here.

What are you currently reading?
I’m late to the party but Melissa Lucaschenko’s Too Much Lip is currently bowling me over. What a cracker!

What are you currently listening to?
I’m listening to an album by a Melbourne artist called Dannika. It’s called Gems. Straight talking, evocative jangle. It’s brill.

Happiness is?
Cooking dinner for my family, while drinking a beer and listening to music. I have become my father and it’s pretty good actually.

What does the future hold for you?
Now that the borders are opening up a bit and live music is slowly (TOO SLOWLY) coming back – I’m looking forward to playing some gigs with some much missed mates.

Mark’s latest work, Naked & Screaming, will be presented in a world premiere season at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre from 6 February 2021. For more information, visit: www.laboite.com.au for details.

Image: Mark Rogers (supplied)