Q. What’s your link to Townsville?
I was born in the old Townsville General Hospital. I was premature and one of the first babies to use the new humidicribs. I hear the hospital is now apartments. Beautiful Art Deco period building.
Where are you now?
I live in St Kilda, Melbourne, in a circa 1916 apartment near the beach, gardens, great cafes and nightlife with my husband Tony and our children Abel and Pepper. I’m a stand-up comedian, actor, voice-over artist and writer. Tony also works in the arts. He was a drummer with The Masters Apprentices for many years but has now turned his skills to stage and tour management and we work on the same shows sometimes.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m working on finishing touches to a sitcom called Crummy Mummy and I’ve just auditioned for four different roles on web series, TV and film. I’m also looking at producing my own podcast, am tapping away at a few book ideas and exploring ways to travel with the family and keep my toe in.
How did your time in Townsville set you up for success?
The community and the vibe of Townsville when I was growing up there was very open and freeing. I hung out with lots of different groups, one being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who I attribute a lot of my sense of humour to. I went to JCU and was fortunate to study under Jean Pierre Voos and I also worked and performed at The Stage Door Theatre Restaurant (TSDTR) under Mal Hodges and Lyle Hillway, who I consider family. I learnt on my feet with their constructive and informative ideas on ‘real’ Comedy Theatre Entertainment. I still consider TSDTR the blueprint for my comedy career.
Do you still come ‘home’ to Townsville to visit?
Occasionally. I do a few gigs there or run comedy workshops. I consider it the perfect working holiday.