FIRST PER­SON

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UPFRONT - PER­FORMER

I am hap­pi­est when … muck­ing about on stage. It’s un­doubt­edly my favourite place in the world. You wouldn’t know it but … I still play Poke­mon Go. Still. It’s just me and 12 other dorks in the whole world. It’s prob­a­bly been the long­est com­mit­ment I’ve ever made. My most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment … luck­ily, I don’t get em­bar­rassed. If I did, my life would be one long, red-faced mo­ment. Re­cently I saw [comedic trio] Aunty Donna at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, and they ran­domly asked peo­ple in the au­di­ence ques­tions. They asked me to name a coun­try and I said Africa. Ap­par­ently it’s a con­ti­nent and ev­ery­one in the world knows ex­cept me. They got a good 10 min­utes of ma­te­rial out of it. The last time I cried was … back­stage at Allo Allo. We’d been work­ing on a 1000-piece puz­zle as a cast, it was re­ally hard, a school of fish that all looked the same. At in­ter­val in the last show we put the fi­nal piece in dur­ing a puz­zle cer­e­mony and it was the best feel­ing, even bet­ter than grad­u­at­ing. We were so proud we cov­ered it in con­tact, signed it and put it in the the­atre stair­way. The last book I read was … Flames by Rob­bie Arnott. My favourite films are … short ones. I pre­fer to read, but if I’m too tired, I might watch some­thing. Twenty-minute episodes are ideal. I re­ally want to … own a lot of cats. Life has taught me … that get­ting older is great. Your con­fi­dence grows and you care less about silly stuff. I’m about to … start work on a solo show. Arts Tas­ma­nia has been kind and given me a grant to do it, so I am equal parts ex­cited and ter­ri­fied.

See Anna Kidd per­form as Ratty in the Big Mon­key pro­duc­tion of Wind in the Wil­lows at the Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens from Jan­uary 1—20. Evening and mati­nee shows. Tick­ets are $25 adults, $18 con­ces­sion, $12 chil­dren (age 4-14), chil­dren three and un­der are free. big­mon­key.com.au

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