On the Couch with Robert Green

Robert Green oncWho is Robert Green?
When not practicing law I am a cabaret singer.  Singing is what I do when I am lost for words.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Dare to dream and then follow those dreams.

Who inspires you and why?
My mother.  She touched the hearts and lives of so many people in ways she probably never even knew.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Love more, be kinder, more compassionate and more present in the here and now.  Give people the opportunity to laugh and also to express sorrow.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I love hanging out in New York; for theatre, cabaret, music, friends, food and just walking around. You can simultaneously find and lose yourself there.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
I live in Sydney.  I dare say they can find the Opera House by themselves!  I would take them to Parsley Bay. I grew up there, so it has special meaning for me and is very beautiful.

What are you currently reading?
The Conqueror by Conn Iggulden.  It’s one of a series of books about Genghis Kahn and the Mongols.

What are you currently listening to?
Soundtrack to Smash.

Happiness is?
Knowing who you are and being who you are, loving and being loved.

What does the future hold for you?
Spending more time with those I love and pursuing my passions.

Robert Green has been singing in cabaret for many years, quietly building a noisy following. Born in Sydney, he has performed in many of that city’s leading cabaret rooms, including El Rocco (his home base since 2008), Villa Caprese, the Side On Café, Café de Lane and Pastel’s Coffee Palace.

His training includes the Art of Cabaret course at the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Colorado USA in 2006 (with Barry Kleinbort, Andrea Marcovicci, David Gaines, Shelly Markham, Chris Denny and Karen Mason). Aside from Coward and Porter, Robert’s repertoire ranges from Sondheim to Dolly Parton to the Pet Shop Boys.

Robert’s show Let’s Do It – a salute to two of Robert’s specialties, Noël Coward and Cole Porter – played the 2000 Adelaide Fringe Festival, he has also performed in the Genesian Theatre’s 2011 production of The Fantasticks. His theme song is The King and I classic, Shall We Dance – a version arranged by the New York-based pianist David Gaines.

He will be performing his show Here and Now – The Songs of Noël Coward at Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club from 15 – 19 January 2014. For more information, visit: www.thebutterflyclub.com for details.

Image: Robert Green