On the Couch with Phillip Lowe

Arts Review On the Couch Phillip LoweWho is Phillip Lowe?
Phillip Lowe. Pisces. The son of an oyster farmer. Sociable introvert and lover of nature.

What would you do differently to what you do now?   
In terms of career? I guess I would be a ship’s captain. Or a dog trainer.

Who inspires you and why?
Really, really smart people. Stephen Hawking. Richard Dawkins. They restore my faith in humanity. We just need more of these people in government.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I suppose if I was serious about making a difference, I would run for office. It’s too easy to criticize politicians, yet they have their hands on the law-books. Changing things from inside the political system.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere on a private beach. I grew up holidaying on isolated beaches where we didn’t see peoplefor weeks at a time. Heaven.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I always take people to see the rock pools around Sydney. They are unique and beautiful in the mornings.

What are you currently reading?
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley… That, and the script to Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical.

What are you currently listening to?
The Essential Billy Joel. That, and the score to Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical.

Happiness is?
Working in the theatre. We are in technical rehearsals right now, and I’m constantly looking around at all these like-minded people thinking it’s the best job in the world.

What does the future hold for you?
Unknown. I’ll have to ask my partner for some input on that one. She’s quite clever. I live too much in the now.

Phillip Lowe studied music from an early age, specialising in trumpet as a child and moving to the guitar as a young adult. At 19 he accepted a place to study music theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he soon joined a cappella group ‘Five’ that regularly appeared at Perth Casino and major sporting events and went on to support Kool and the Gang for the Perth leg of their Australian tour.

In 1996 Phillip moved to Sydney to join the original Australian cast of the musical Crazy for You for the Gordon Frost Organisation – his first big professional musical. Over the next 19 years he has since gone on to appear in numerous musicals and plays including Showboat; Cabaret; The Producers; Legends; The Sunshine Club; Eurobeat; No Way to Treat a Lady; Mary Poppins; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Sondheim on Sondheim; Beyond Desire; Blood Brothers; and High Society. Phillip is thrilled to be working again with the team that presented Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, having joined the Australian tour of that production in 2006.

In addition to appearing in numerous TV commercials, Phillip’s television credits include guest roles on McLeod’s Daughter’s, All Saints, Home and Away, the CBS mini-series Blonde, Crownies, Anzac Girls and the documentary Australia: The Story of Us. On the big screen Phillip’s film credits include Thank God He Met Lizzie, Black and White and The Honourable Wally Norman.

Phillip will be starring in the Australian Premiere of Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 22 December 2015. For more information, visit: www.georgygirlthemusical.com for details.

Image: Phillip Lowe (supplied)