On the Couch with Soraya Chau

Soraya-Chau-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Soraya Chau?
A theatre actress, singer and dancer with an alien soul who happened to be born in Hong Kong.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
It’s possible I’ll be a shaman in Peru.

Who inspires you and why?
Brenda Chan, director of my upcoming Adelaide Fringe performance Voices of a Siren. She is enthusiastic, kind, and graceful soul. She’s that kind of lady that makes you think, “Ah, I hope I can be like her someday.”

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Collaboration and kindness will lead to a better art, art that can change the world. Have fun, don’t take yourself so seriously. Keep a balance between making yourself laugh and making others laugh.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Poland. It’s been 8 years since my last visit. A picturesque forest with a tower in the middle captured my imagination. Look around up there. A bunch of colourful birds sit on top of the tree. A deer came to my tent one morning while I was camping there. There was also a dessert that I can’t remember the name of… I think it was called the ‘bamboo forest’. It’s a warm black forest cake with cherry jam and cream. It’s always on my mind.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’ll take them to Temple Street for bird fortune-telling. The place is fun to visit, but be careful what you wish for.

What are you currently reading?
My baby’s bath book. It only takes about 30 seconds to finish. Then I am reading Ami: Child of the Star by Enrique Barrios. It claims to be a children’s book, but it mentions some profound philosophical concepts, which doesn’t sound like it was intended to be read by kids.

What are you currently listening to?
It’s been several days now that Made you look by Meghan Trainor keeps playing in my head, unwillingly.

Happiness is?
To love and be loved.

What does the future hold for you?
Soon, our team will be performing at Adelaide Fringe, and I can’t wait to do my amazing show, meet some talented artists, and mess around in this wonderful city.

Soraya features in Voices of a Siren – which will be presented at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, as part of the 2023 Adelaide Fringe: 9 – 13 March. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Soraya Chau (supplied)