NAME: ALISON VAN REEKEN // ROLE: PERFORMER // SHOW: GROUNDED
What shows are you looking forward to this season?
I’m writing this before the launch so based on the sneak peek I’ve had of the season I’m looking forward to some of the kick-ass women’s roles coming up. It’s great to see so many women on our stage from those starting out to our mature artists, plus the women directing, writing and lighting. It’s going to be a fantastic season.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Not to worry too much, not to be so scared of stuff. I think I worried about everything you could possibly worry about, none of which I can really remember now so obviously it wasn’t very important stuff but seemed like life and death at the time. I remember being almost too scared to get on a bus once because I was worried about the people on it looking at me. Such a waste of energy.
Do you have any irrational hates or fears?
Door left ajar, cupboards half open, lids not put on properly, drawers left slightly open, my yoga mat not lining up with the floorboards, these kind of things drive me batty.
What kind of animal would you be and why?
I’d love to be something exotic, but honestly I think I’d just end up being your average short haired domestic. That’s a cat. I like sleep, time to myself, being home alone, I can put my leg behind my head. I think tabby’s have a great life.
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
So many things. I’m very lucky to get to do the work I do. The best things are the people. Creatives are a great bunch of folks to hang with. It’s been like that ever since I first got hooked on theatre in high school. And the other big thing is talking to audience after shows. Not always liking what you’ve done, but I love hearing people’s take on the show they’ve just seen.
Find out more about Grounded from Red Ryder Productions here.
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