On the Couch with Rebecca Massey

Rebecca Massey courtesy of Club House ProductionsWho is Rebecca Massey?
An award-winning actress and one of Australia’s most beloved theatre clowns. With a career spanning film, television and theatre, Rebecca is known for her versatility and sharp comic wit.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Worry less. Hike more.

Who inspires you and why?
At the moment, Maria Callas. For her rigour, service to her art form, the absolute truth of her performances and fabulous style.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
So many things! I’d start with education of all peoples everywhere. Literacy. Giving everyone access to all the amazing things humans have done and giving everyone the opportunity to be the fullest version of themselves, and transcend, even just mentally, the restrictions of their present situation. Plus, I think it might be helpful to get rid of all flags. Anything that sets up a “us” and “them”.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Ferry Landing (or in Maori, “Maramara Totara”) in the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. I’ve been going there since I was 8 years old, it’s a tiny place of exquisite natural beauty, which is part of my family song line. It sings to me of deep relaxation, love and family good times. Heaven.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Down to the Bronte Ocean Pool for a swim. It’s always spectacular whatever time of the year. And then for some Barramundi and chips washed down with a glass of crisp cold white on the grass overlooking that glorious ocean.

What are you currently reading?
Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (posh!) and a biography of Maria Callas that is not great, but I still can’t put it down.

What are you currently listening to?
The 60’s soundtrack from Perfect Days.

Happiness is?
Sitting on the couch with my husband, Leon and daughter Mila, and all our animals, dunking sweet biscuits in tea at the end of a great day, while Leon reads aloud Sherlock Holmes aloud in with his outrageous character accents.

What does the future hold for you?
After our season at the Canberra Playhouse (yay!) Club House Productions is heading to Edinburgh for the festival in August with 44 Sex Acts in One Week – and I can’t wait to unleash this silly, wonderful, clever and funny Australian play on the world.

Rebecca stars in David Finnigan’s 44 Sex Acts in One Week – which will be presented by Club House Productions at the Canberra Theatre Centre, as part of the Valence performance series from 18 – 20 July 2024. For more information, visit: www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au for details.

Image: Rebecca Massey  – courtesy of Club House Productions