On the Couch with Sam Routledge

sam-routledge-arts-review-on-the-couchWho is Sam Routledge?
I am a director of contemporary puppetry and the artistic director of Terrapin Puppet Theatre in Hobart, Tasmania.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
For each project I develop, I adjust my process to suit the particular work and also in response to experience gained working with other directors

Who inspires you and why?
As an image maker, I find Robert Lepage inspiring through his use of scale and technology. I saw The Encounter by Complicite at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival and was blown away by how the particular theatrical form (binaural sound) worked with the narrative.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Be aware of messages of diversity in children’s theatre.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Far South Coast of NSW. Beautiful and not to busy.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
MONA. Always surprising.

What are you currently reading?
Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

What are you currently listening to?
The Colour in Anything by James Blake and Hopelessness by Anohni.

Happiness is?
Family and Friends that are like family.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully continuing to be able to work with inspiring artists across art forms.

Sam has directed Terrapin Puppet Theatre‘s You and Me and the Space Between at The Coopers Malthouse: 6 – 9 October, as part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival. For more information, visit: www.festival.melbourne for details.

Image: Sam Routledge

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