Orig­i­nal Hi-5 mem­ber, Nathan Fo­ley still entertaining the masses

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Can you be­lieve it's been 20 years since chil­dren's group, Hi-5 first danced and sung their way onto our TV screens? Orig­i­nal mem­ber Nathan Fo­ley looks back on his time with the group with fond mem­o­ries. In their chat, Nathan shares with Matt Collins how he got started with the group and what a for­mer fan said to him in Bun­nings re­cently. But what is ev­ery­one's favourite Hi-5 mem­ber up to these days?

MATT COLLINS: How did you get started with Hi-5?

NATHAN FO­LEY: I used to sing to the old peo­ple in the nurs­ing homes with my lit­tle ghetto-blaster and my cas­sette tape.

MC: Show­ing your age there Nathan.

NF: Haha, yeah I know. So by the time I left school, I found out they were au­di­tion­ing peo­ple in the ABC stu­dios for a new chil­dren’s group. It’s funny be­cause they put all the hun­dreds of peo­ple into groups of five and my group ended up be­ing all the orig­i­nal Hi-5 mem­bers.

MC: You were all se­lected to be in the group?

NF: Yeah, the whole group made it.

MC: Tell me about some of the fonder mem­o­ries you have of your time with Hi-5.

NF: It’s funny, I had a guy come up to me in Bun­nings re­cently. He was a big guy, he had a mas­sive beard, prob­a­bly 6’10. He was a big, scary dude and he goes, “I used to watch you as a kid”. It was weird but, look­ing back, we made much more of an im­pact than we thought and we ob­vi­ously in­spired a lot of kids.

MC: You men­tioned fam­ily be­fore when talk­ing about Hi-5. Like any fam­ily, they have their ups and downs. Was there many fights be­tween the five of you?

NF: We were liv­ing in each other’s pock­ets ev­ery day so, of course, you are go­ing to have your ups and downs. But I can’t think of one oc­ca­sion where we ever had a big blow-up.

MC: How has Hi-5 helped you now that you’re per­form­ing to adult au­di­ences?

NF: Where it has helped me is with the stamina to go out there and do what I do. When we were do­ing Hi-5, we were film­ing about four months a year, work­ing 14–17 hours a day and then we’d hit the road.

MC: What is the big­gest dif­fer­ences be­tween chil­dren and adult au­di­ences?

NF: Ev­ery au­di­ence mem­ber has an opin­ion. When it comes to chil­dren, they were very hon­est in a dif­fer­ent way. They just wanted to be en­ter­tained and you have to be on the mark ev­ery time and you have to give them the most en­ergy pos­si­ble. MC: What takes up most of your time these days? NF: I per­form on cruise ships most of the year. I spend more time on wa­ter than on land.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STILL FLY­ING HI-5: For­mer Hi-5 orig­i­nal mem­ber Nathan Fo­ley is still entertaining the masses.

COF­FEE CHATS MATT COLLINS

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