On the Couch with Mark Yeates

Mark Yeates AAR On the CouchWho is Mark Yeates?
I am an actor, theatre producer, writer, hypochondriac, and cardigan enthusiast.

What would you do di?erently to what you do now?
If I was on a completely different career path, I think I would do something along the lines of forensic psychology. I’m a bit of a true crime nut and am endlessly fascinated by that side of crime solving. But that’s the great thing about being an actor – maybe a role in the future will help me scratch that itch.

Who inspires you and why?
As an actor/artist, I’ve always found a lot of inspiration from J. K. Rowling’s story. Her resilience, her self belief in the face of rejection, her advocacy for mental health, her charitability and humility are all exceptionally inspirational to me.

What would you do to make a di?erence in the world?
I would make everyone learn to play the ukulele. I think if everyone was playing the ukulele, we’d all just calm down a bit.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I was recently in Cuba with a good friend of mine and it was stunning. It’s like a country that has been trapped in time. Mix the old cars, the dilapidated buildings, the incredible live music with a cigar in one hand and a mojito in the other. Heaven.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I mean, depends who it is, but taking overseas friends to Friday night footy at the MCG is pretty special.

What are you currently reading?
Depends What You Mean by Extremist by John Safran – a brilliant read so far.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m a podcast pig. I tend to do a lot of driving and I’ve always got something playing in my earphones. My favourite at the moment is My Favorite Murder which is a true crime comedy podcast by comedian / writers Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.

Happiness is?
A crackling fire on a grey Sunday afternoon. My dog lying across my lap. Remembering that I bought that cheese yesterday and it’s still in the fridge.

What does the future hold for you?
More theatre, I hope. There’s a few plays on my bedside table that won’t stop looking at me. I’d also like to head overseas at some point to continue studying.

Mark features in Artefact Theatre Co’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Irene Mitchell Studio – St Martin’s Theatre: 27 March – 7 April 2018. For more information, visit: www.artefacttheatre.com for details.

Image: Mark Yeates (supplied)