It’s show­time!

Michael Ca ssel A stylish and the­atri­cal workspace keeps this pro­ducer en­er­gised.

Belle - - The Of F Ice - Pho­to­graph TOM FER­GU­SON


Stylish, the­atri­cal and invit­ing. WHAT AP­PEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SPACE? I fell in love with the oor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, with views of the city and har­bour, and the out­door deck. WHAT ARE YOUR WORKSPACE ESSEN­TIALS? I love my stand­ing desk. I’m in meet­ings for the ma­jor­ity of the day, so I stand while catch­ing up on emails, or mak­ing phone calls – it keeps me en­er­gised and fo­cused. Other than that, it’s my com­puter, a jug of wa­ter, my phone head­set (so I can wan­der when on calls) and that’s me cov­ered. HOW DOES YOUR OF­FICE RE­FLECT THE WORK YOU DO? We’re a cre­ative or­gan­i­sa­tion, so the abil­ity to con­nect between de­part­ments is re­ally im­por­tant. The best ideas and cre­ativ­ity come from col­lab­o­ra­tion. HOW DO YOU DE­SCRIBE YOUR BUSI­NESS? Our fo­cus is on pro­duc­ing and de­liv­er­ing the world’s very best live en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences – ei­ther on stage in Aus­tralia, or through­out the world. COULD YOU DE­SCRIBE A TYP­I­CAL DAY? I usu­ally start quite early, catch­ing up on overnight emails and calls with the US. Then I’ll head to the gym be­fore start­ing my day. I love be­ing at the of ce as it’s al­ways en­er­getic and the day can cover myr­iad top­ics and peo­ple. The en­gage­ment, both with my team and with our var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, clients or part­ners re­ally keeps me fo­cused. I tend to head home around 6.30pm, mak­ing it in time to put the kids to sleep. Then it’s a few evening calls with Lon­don, and some more emails, be­fore call­ing it a day. DO YOU USE YOUR OF­FICE TO EN­TER­TAIN CLIENTS? We do! Since we moved to this of ce last year, we’ve re­ally made use of the out­door deck. We’ve been host­ing reg­u­lar Fri­day af­ter­noon drinks, where we in­vite along any part­ners, friends, cast/crew who hap­pen to be in town. In­stead of sched­ul­ing lots of catch-up meet­ings, we’re able to say, “Join us for a drink on Fri­day and we’ll have a chat then”. WHAT IS A DREAM WORKSPACE OB­JECT YOU WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW? We’re al­ways adding to the of ce decor – cur­rently my fo­cus is on land­scap­ing the out­door deck. We’re in­stalling new light­ing and plants, as well as a bar. IF YOUR STU­DIO WERE LO­CATED ANY­WHERE ELSE, WHERE WOULD THAT BE? New York. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO? I’m quite ex­cited by our line-up in 2019. We have Harry Pot­ter and the Cursed Child open­ing in Fe­bru­ary; three con­cert tours locked in; The Lion King con­tin­ues to tour in­ter­na­tion­ally, and we’re bring­ing the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too to Syd­ney in Oc­to­ber. We also con­tinue to keep a watch­ful eye on Pretty Woman and The Cher Show, both on Broad­way. Hope­fully, we’ll soon be mak­ing plans for both to open in Aus­tralia. michael­cas­

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