On the Couch with Shane Bosher

Shane Bosher Arts Review On the CouchWho is Shane Bosher?
Director, actor, singer, writer, producer, braised-fennel burner. I’m a known homosexual who grew up in small-town New Zealand, devouring clunky translations of the classics and listening to scratched Original Broadway Cast albums. You could say I built my passion for storytelling through a strange marriage between Caligula and Call Me Madam. Recent export from over the ditch. Now call Sydney home.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Listen less to people who say no, but say no to sugar. Sugar is poison.

Who inspires you and why?
Those who embrace the world with authenticity. That word is almost a swearword for me, as it really has been used and abused of late. I reckon it takes a lot of courage to be your 100% singular self.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
See above!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I had the best day of my life in Central Park with my best mate. We watched a baseball game and did a rickshaw tour led by a mad Russian who was obsessed with pointing out the locations for Home Alone 2 and Face/Off. Would play again!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Isn’t the only answer to this the Three Sisters?

What are you currently reading?
I’m a bit of a grazer, so at the moment it’s The Velvet Rage (research for The Pride), Anna Funder’s Stasiland, the new Alexander McQueen bio and Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods. I also have an almost annual pilgrimage to Cloudstreet.

What are you currently listening to?
The music of Ludovico Einaudi and the entire canon of Bowie from A to Z.

Happiness is?
Love/love is happiness. But if not love, then would have to say Sunday morning hanging out with Ella Fitzgerald and a cat called Mavis.

What does the future hold for you?
2016 is kinda action packed for me. I’m directing four relatively big shows here and there, am jumping between countries a bit and turn 40 in the middle of the year (big breath). Am also finally going on a great big sojourn to Cambodia, which has been on my must do list for about 10 years.  

Shane is currently directing the Sydney Premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride for Darlinghurst Theatre Company at the Eternity Playhouse from 10 February 2016. For more information, visit: www.darlinghursttheatre.com for details.

Image: Shane Bosher (supplied)