What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would like to be drawing a lot more regularly than I am now. I use to draw all the time when I was in high school. It was calming as well as inspiring and rewarding. I used to do it quite a bit while I was at Uni. However as soon as I moved to Melbourne and got caught up in the circus of my life (teaching as well as mounting my own shows & tours) it always became a ‘special occasion’. If I could do things differently than I do now, I would have more free time to draw.
Who inspires you and why?
For me it’s a combo of people I know and people I wish I knew. From the people I know it’s a tie between my family, the people I work with and the Drama students I teach. All motivate me to do better as performer/theatre-maker and a human being. As for people I wish I knew, it’s the genius that is Jim Henson, who has been such an inspiration for me throughout my life.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Basically I try everyday to make a positive difference in the world with my two jobs. As a teacher and a performer/theatre-maker I just focus on creating a positive legacy filled with imagination, inspiration and hope… all wrapped up with A LOT of nerdy conversation and Dad Jokes.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t really go on holidays. I prefer to take a show somewhere cool and then explore whenever I’m not on stage. So, I’d really like to get back to Edinburgh. It’s one of my favourite cities in the universe.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
All my nerd hang-outs: The Astor, Lido Rooftop Cinema, All Star Comics, The Butterfly Club…
What are you currently reading?
I’m a HUGE Ben Aaronovitch fan… so while I’m waiting for the latest release in his Rivers of London series to come out, I’m filling in the gaps in his saga by catching up on the graphic novels set in between his novels. It’s police procedural mashed-up with urban fantasy. It’s a truly kick-ass series.
What are you currently listening to?
I’ve been relistening to the Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds album recently on vinyl. That’s been a lot of fun.
What does the future hold for you?
Well… if all things go to plan… quite a lot of exciting, fun and funny shows.
Rob is the Director of Shakespeare Aliens – which will be presented at Theatre Works: 11 – 15 January 2022. For more information, visit: www.theatreworks.org.au for details.
Image: Rob Lloyd – photo by Fabrizio Evans