Who is George Lingard?

George Lingard Arts Review On the CouchWho is George Lingard?
An actor born in Perth next to the beach. Moved to Melbourne in 99. Currently making plans to uproot Perth’s beaches and place them in Melbourne, creating the perfect city.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Acting on stage and screen has always been a dream of mine. Another dream would involve myself as a Park Ranger at the Kruger National Park in South Africa surrounded by all of Africa’s phenomenal wild-life.

Who inspires you and Why?
My grandad because he would go for a 6km jog every morning when he was in his 70’s. It puts my cardio regime to shame.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Broadly speaking I would want to create, perform or say something that would make somebody (even if it’s just one person) feel less alone; To suggest without judgment that what that person is going through, what they’ve experienced or what journey they’re on might be shared by another in this world. I find that a comforting thought.

Favourite Holiday Destination and Why?
My old man’s farm near Albany, WA. Great surf beaches. Poor phone reception.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Any of the many alleyway cafes in Melbourne’s CBD/Fitzroy. I would also take them to see a show at La Mama, Red Stitch, Theatre Works, Malthouse, MTC or any of the other fantastic venues/companies that Melbourne has to offer. Then dinner Southside – next to the bay if weather permits.

What are you currently reading?
Sunshine – a new and brilliant play written by Australian playwright Tom Holloway, which I’m currently performing at Red Stitch Actors Theatre. I read it every day. Its structure and dialogue is unlike anything I’ve read before.

What are you currently listening to?
22, A Million by Bon Iver. I was afraid this album wouldn’t live up to their previous two. Thankyou Justin Vernon and co.

Happiness is?
I used to think that happiness could only be acknowledged retrospectively; that you could never truly clock it when you were experiencing it. Now, I’m not so sure. Maybe ‘Happiness’ is ‘Contentment’s’ brighter more energetic sibling that visits from time to time…

What does the future hold for you?
Travel. Responding to these questions has made me want to go to Africa.

George is currently performing in Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre’s production of Sunshine until 5 November 2016. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: George Lingard (supplied)