On the Couch with Pippa Grandison

Pippa Grandison. Photo credit Kurt Sneddon, Blueprint Studios oncWho is Pippa Grandison?
There’s a question I’ve been asking myself of late. Essentially though I am a mother, wife, actor, singer of songs and blessed with true friends and beautiful family.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Remember people’s names.

Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by my husband because he is kind, loving, courageous and an amazing father.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Encourage people to respect our planet and put it’s needs before our greed. Can you imagine?

Favourite holiday destination and why?
A bungalow over the water on a secluded beach, so I could wake up in the morning and dive off the verandah into the clear blue sea.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I usually take them to the beach. It’s right near our home on the Central Coast and a lovely spot to relax and play.

What are you currently reading?
Europe by Michael Gow

What are you currently listening to?
Paul Simon

Happiness is?
Gardening…I can’t believe I just said that.

What does the future hold for you?
I’ll be appearing at the Seymour Centre in Slip of the Tongue’s production of Europe by Michael Gow. My character Barbara is a dream role and I am simultaneously thrilled and terrified! It’s a very short season, so if you’re keen – be quick. Then on the October long weekend I’ll be performing the first gig with my new band The Pippa Grandison Eclectic at Little’s Wines in the Hunter Valley. After that who knows? Maybe that bungalow on the beach…

Pippa Grandison is a familiar face on both stage and screen. She has played Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins for Disney/Cameron Mackintosh (Australia/NZ tour), Mrs Braddock in the Australian tour of The Graduate, Sally in Small Time Gangster for Boiler Maker Burburry Entertainment and the role of Elphaba for the Sydney season of Broadway smash hit Wicked for the Gordon Frost Organisation.

In music theatre, Pippa has also starred in Kookaburra’s production of Company, Michael Coppel’s We Will Rock You, The Production Company’s The Pajama Game, Jacobsen Entertainment’s The Witches of Eastwick, The Ensemble’s production of Mary Bryant, Sydney Theatre Company’s Into the Woods, and A Little Night Music.

Other theatre credits include: Bell Shakespeare’s Just Macbeth, which played at Sydney Opera House, The Seymour Centre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010, STC’s Waikiki Hip and Black Rock, Company B’s The Threepenny Opera, Company B and Hair of the Dog’s production of The Misanthrope and The Vagina Monologues by BCHM.

Pippa’s television credits include: Mr & Mrs Murder for FremantleMedia, Channel Nine’s Underbelly: RazorHome and Away, Magical Tales, All Saints, Balmain Boys, South Pacific, Twisted Tales, Water Rats, E Street, GP, Brides of Christ, Golden Fiddles, A Country Practice, and Come in Spinner. She has also appeared in features films such as: Mr Accident, A Change of Heart, Hotel de Love, Dating the Enemy, Muriel’s Wedding, and Over the Hill.

Pippa is currently appearing in Slip of the Tongue’s production of Europe by Michael Gow at the Seymour Centre until 27 September. For more information, visit: www.seymourcentre.com for details.

Image: Pippa Grandison – Photo by Kurt Sneddon, Blueprint Studios