On the Couch with Nicholas Eadie

Nicholas Eadie oncWho is Nicholas Eadie?

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would’ve paid more attention to my movement teachers. I’m all limbs and no grace.

Who inspires you and why?
Culturally: Writers. Writers are an actor’s oxygen. Generally: Nurses. My mother spent her final three years in a dementia ward. It was very depressing. I don’t know how they manage to do it.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d ban religion.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I’m over Bali, too overrun with tourists. I love New York. I’ve been there many times. The energy is addictive.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Being a Sydneysider, born and bred, I’m very proud of Sydney. I always drive them to Watson’s Bay. It’s jaw droppingly spectacular – the sandstone cliffs, the magnificent harbour.

What are you currently reading?
Anything on Emperor Hadrian. I’m playing him in a new play, ‘candalous Boy for The Street Theatre. A fascinating piece of history.

What are you currently listening to?
The Sublime: Beethoven’s 7th. I’m really getting a strong appreciation for much classical. The Ridiculous: Taylor Swift. I like to know what the young ones are listening to.

Happiness is?
I just turned 56! It sounds old to me. Happiness is being comfortable in your own skin at this age, and content that wisdom continues to grow and evolves.

What does the future hold for you?
My Mum was 94 when she passed last year. The past 5 years have been consumed with her illness. Now, I’m eager to get back to work and travel.

Nicholas Eadie graduated from NIDA in 1980. His theatre credits include Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne 1998, Sydney 1998/99) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Elston,Hocking and Woods Productions), Macbeth, Three Sisters, Waya, The Crucible, Summer of Aliens, Two Weeks with the Queen, Furious, and Third World Blues for the Sydney Theatre Company.

Other credits include: Extremities for Playbox, The Sentimental Bloke and True West for Q Theatre, In Duty Bound for Marion Street Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and Gary’s House and Gulls for the State Theatre Company SA. Most recently, Nick appeared in the Hot House Theatre Production of Big Hair in America, directed by Marion Potts.

Nick was awarded an AFI and Logie Award for his performance in Vietnam, a Penguin Award for GP and was also nominated for an AFI for his performance in Fragments of War. Nicholas was nominated this year for best actor at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his role in Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem.

Nicholas is currently appearing in Scandalous Boy at Canberra’s The Street Theatre until 23 November. For more information, visit: www.thestreet.org.au for details.

Image: Nicholas Eadie