On the Couch with Tim Watts

Tim Watts Arts Review On the CouchWho is Tim Watts?
A big dork who loves gadgets, nature and making stuff. He spends most of his time making theatre and touring it around the world.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would learn to make video games and VR experiences, and I would become a zero waste vegan who swims every day.

Who inspires you and why?
Lots of people, in lots of fields. Just recently re-watched Avatar: The Last Airbender finale. That is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I am very inspired by the creators of that show. PIXAR, Jim Henson, and Charlie Chaplin have been long standing inspirations, and I guess what they all have in common in my opinion is through risk and experimentation they create art that is brimming with heart and humanity.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Well, I like to think I do in some small way. I create experiences for people that I hope enriches their lives. But if that doesn’t count, I guess I would join NASA and help forge humanity’s future and understanding of the universe.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) a small island off the coast of Perth. We sail there and around it on our tiny sail boat every summer. I love snorkeling and sailing, and it always feels like such an adventure.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I take them sailing on the Swan River. It’s a beautiful part of the city that most people don’t get to see.

What are you currently reading?
I don’t read much. I am Dyslexic, so it has always been a big effort for me to enjoy reading. So I usually do it more to learn than to ‘escape’. The most recent book I read was the His Dark Materials series. It took me a long time but I LOVED IT!

What are you currently listening to?
I listen to ASMR videos (google it) everynight before bed (and also on the plane). I love them. find them very relaxing, and they help me sleep. Besides that I’ve been listening to the new Macklemore album recently.

Happiness is?
Exploring, Snorkeling, and hanging out with my partner Arielle.

What does the future hold for you?
More unknown territory I hope. Whether that is creating new theatrical experiences, venturing into other digital mediums, or just a whole lot more swimming.

Tim can be seen in Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s production of Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories at Arts Centre Melbourne on 27 & 28 October 2017. For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.

Image: Tim Watts (supplied)