On the Couch with Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas AAR On the CouchWho is Neil Thomas?
Very good question. I probably ask myself that every second day. Definitely pass on any definitive answer.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Love to live by the sea in a less urban environment with less people. Meld in many ways with the natural world.

Who inspires you and why?
My sons because they are flawed and beautiful and brave.

What would you do to make a difference to the world?
Persist doing the performance art work that I currently do. Opening people’s minds and feelings to possibilities is a very powerful and positive thing to do.

Favourite holiday destination and why? 
Working with my sound gear to make music. Like all great holidays it’s full of surprises and challenges and lets you see things in new ways. And it’s so much cheaper!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to and why?
Botanical Gardens are magic and close. Wilsons Promontory because it is like nothing else. CERES because that’s world class. Healesville Sanctuary for the most beautiful wildlife.

What are you currently reading?
Fitzroy: The Biography by a humble and great local Melbourne writer and performance poet Pi O (it’s the Greek symbol for the circumference of a circle but I can’t find that on the keyboard).

What are you currently listening to?
Lots and lots of electronic music of all kind.

Happiness is?
Overrated. Better off to shoot for contentment.

What does the future hold for you?
Big changes have meant that I am currently staring out at an open horizon. Feel like I am heading into another very productive period of my life.

Neil and co-creative David Wells will transform Watton Plaza in Werribee into a dream-like world filled with curious characters, live performances, a pop-up gallery and unexpected spaces with Red Arcade from 29 November to 9 December 2018. For more information, visit: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/redarcade for details.

Image: Neil Thomas (supplied)