Company Quick Fire | Queensland Theatre

You have recently started working at Queensland Theatre. What is your background and how did you come to work at the state theatre company?

I have been teaching Drama and English in various settings across Queensland for the last 12 years. I have always dreamt of working more closely with Queensland Theatre and towards the end of last year as I was looking to spread my wings beyond my current role teaching on the Gold Coast. I was given the inside word that the Education Coordinator role may soon be up for grabs. I stalked the website for days waiting for the advertisement to go up!

Have you always been interested in the Arts? 

It was probably around the time I turned ten that I realised I had a love of performance and theatre. I started taking Drama classes and became involved in most arts related extracurricular activities when I started high school, and like most drama kids, I quickly found that the theatre was where I felt most at home. 

Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why?

Berlin…I am not the biggest history buff, but I found experiencing the very rich past of Berlin incredibly rewarding. There is a different energy to Berlin during the day compared to at night and you are never short of places to explore. 

What is one of your all-time favourite live performance experiences? 

I think sometimes seeing bad theatre can be just as good as seeing theatre that gets rave reviews. I saw a performance of Romeo and Juliet many years ago in Far North Queensland that had a very limited cast. This meant that most of the actors played more than one role. Unfortunately, the multiple roles weren't always well thought-out. During the scene where Tybalt kills Mercutio, that actor who played Mercutio was covered in a black cloth to signify he was dead and seemingly in an attempt to make him invisible to the audience, as moments later he slid on his belly off stage, so that he could return as a different character. I tried very hard to muffle my laughter and although it was so cringe-worthy to watch, the moment has stuck with me all these years later. 

What’s your greatest indulgence?

Sleep… I especially love to indulge in a good Nana Nap

What show are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Jasper Jones, this was one of my favourite novels to teach as an English teacher so I can’t wait to see it brought to life on stage.

Naomi Murphy
Education Coordinator - Queensland Theatre