On the Couch with Sara Grenfell

Sara Grenfell Arts Review On the CouchWho is Sara Grenfell?
A mother, a theatre director, performer, teacher, radio journalist and chef.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Not much. I have often wondered what it would be like to go into politics.

Who inspires you and why?
Gough Whitlam – because in his short time as Prime Minister, he completely changed the political landscape. He introduced Medicare and free education for generations of young people who otherwise would never have had an opportunity to realize their potential.

Carolyn Burns – feminist/writer/journalist. I have known Carolyn since I was 20 years old. She inspired me to follow my truth and to never lose sight of my dreams even in the face of adversity. She has always encouraged me o be accountable for the choices I have made in life.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would encourage and facilitate people’s awareness, to become much more proactive and involved in the important issues. The things that matter and affect our lives, climate change, the environment, health and education and the Arts – without a focus on the Arts we have no cultural relevance.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Italy, particularly Tuscany, because I love the countryside, the history, the architecture, the food, the language and the people!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The National Gallery of Victoria and ACMI – they offer such innovative, interesting exhibitions; Botanical Gardens – beautiful surroundings and glorious gardens; and the laneways in the CBD – filled with so many interesting shops, bars and restaurants.

What are you currently reading?
Look I Made A Hat – Sondheim, and A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard

What are you currently listening to?
Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Dave Brubeck and a lot of Sondheim.

Happiness is?
Seeing great live performance, reading a good book and spending time with my friends and family.

What does the future hold for you?
I am teaching, working on a number of projects, directing another musical – My Favourite Year – and I am also writing a vegetarian cookbook.

Sara is directing Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along for Watch This at the Southbank Theatre: 29 June – 15 July 2017. For more information, visit: www.mtc.com.au or www.watchthis.net.au for details.

Image: Sara Grenfell (supplied)

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