On the Couch with Tilly Legge

Tilly Legge AAR On the CouchWho is Tilly Legge?
I’m one of the co-founders of Lightning Jar Theatre – a new(ish) indie theatre company in Melbourne. I’m a working actor, and a great believer in the art of the theatre.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
If by some twist of fate I decided I didn’t want to act anymore, I’d love to get into costume design. Such artistry goes into creating a costume and when it works it’s like it weaves a magic spell for the actor. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons that Game of Thrones is so wildly popular is because of the sensational art department. They’ve created this whole other world with such exquisite detail that you never question that these houses all have their own history, their own identity. Great costumes make you believe in the fantasy.

Who inspires you and why?
The women throughout history who have persevered, despite overwhelming odds, to make a difference to the world and to the people around them. Nevertheless, she persisted.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would prove to women how strong and powerful we are and teach men not not be afraid of their vulnerability.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Sevilla in Spain. It’s such a beautiful city, so full of soul and history and the scent of orange blossoms.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Bar Americano. It’s so Melbourne. It’s a tiny bar that only holds 12 people and it’s down a lane off a lane so if you didn’t know it was there you’d probably never find it. Inside it’s all low lighting, vintage decanters and bar staff dressed like Italian waiters. Plus great cocktails. And art deco designed ice cubes. I love it!

What are you currently reading?
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman and Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown.

What are you currently listening to?
Recordings of dialect sessions so I can nail all the accents in this play! That and the bloody Hamilton soundtrack. Everyone’s right, it’s amazing.

Happiness is?
Working in the theatre. A cheese platter. Cuddles in bed. My doggie on my lap.  A hot bath. The smell of jasmine.

What does the future hold for you?
I don’t think I want to know, even if I could. I hope there’s lots of love and adventure.

Tilly stars in Lightning Jar Theatre’s production of David Ives’ Venus in Fur at fortyfivedownstairs from 13 March 2018 (previews from 9 March). For more information, visit: www.fortyfivedownstairs.com for details.

Image: Tilly Legge (supplied)