On the Couch with Suzanne Heywood

Suzanne Heywood AAR On the CouchWho is Suzanne Heywood?
Acting and Voice coach, Director, Educator.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Spend more time in the natural world.

Who inspires you and why?
Dame Judi Dench: she was the patron of the Drama School I attended in London and I had the honour of meeting her in that context. She is a superb artist – an actor who truly transforms with every role. I read her autobiography some years ago and was really moved. She appears to have a marvellous sense of humour and is no way precious. Despite the challenges life has thrown at her she creates the impression of great optimism.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would like to work as a volunteer teaching literacy. The ability to read and write is one of the most empowering skills we can have.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
This is a hard question as it depends on what I am looking for in a holiday. I have visited the Subantarctic Islands which were mind blowing in terms of the natural world, and I never tire of the galleries and theatre in London and New York… and of course there is always the beach!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Our wonderful coastline and surf beaches are spectacular, our Royal Botanical Gardens are an oasis in our busy city and the Ian Potter for an experience of Australian art.

What are you currently reading?
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

What are you currently listening to?
Radio National.

Happiness is?
Working in a creative and stimulating environment.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t know! My experience has shown me that life can be turned upside down in an instant. These days I prefer to focus on the present and enjoy the moment rather than think too much about the future.

Suzanne will direct the Australian premiere of Ron Elisha’s Donating Felix for Q44 Theatre at the Abbotsford Convent: 11 – 29 March 2020. For more information, visit: www.q44.com.au for details.

Image: Suzanne Heywood (supplied)