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Centre Stage with… Rachael Woodward

NAME: RACHAEL WOODWARD // ROLE: DIRECTOR // SHOW: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

What show/s are you looking forward to this season?

Hart – I saw this show in Adelaide earlier this year and I am so glad that it is coming to Perth. It is such a powerfully honest show that gives a voice to such important stories.

The Astronaut – Sam Chester and Frances Barbe are two incredible teachers that I had the pleasure of learning from during my time at WAAPA. I’m so excited to see what these two talented women create together!

The Mars Project – I was really sad I couldn’t see it’s debut at WAAPA last year but I’m really looking forward to its remount with such a talented cast.

What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?

Just after I finished my first year at WAAPA I was starting to question my decisions to make theatre instead of completing a science degree. When I saw The Last Great Hunt’s It’s Dark Outside I left the theatre thinking, “that is what I want to do”, and “that is the type of work I want to make.” Something that is accessible for everyone, not just for theatre people.

When I walked past my friends just the other day doing the 6 hour gateway medical test, I was loving my life choices. And that made me realise this is really what I want to do and it’s comforting to know that I am on the right path.

What was the last show you saw?

I recently went to see Nelken (Carnations) by Tanztheatre Wuppertal (Pina Bausch’s company), which was just incredible! The structure of the piece was wonderful and kept me enthralled for two hours without an interval. There was something also very interesting about the care of how they addressed the audience being a big production, in such a big space. The performers unified the audience so I really felt part of something special. Instead of just watching them move around the stage, they invited me on a journey with them.

What excites you about Perth?

I can’t wait to see what the LOFT funding program will produce. It’s such an incredible opportunity for Perth-based artists and new West Australian works.

Do you have any unusual rehearsal rituals?

It isn’t necessarily a ritual but I have a habit of doing headstands when I need to think.

What type of animal would you be and why?

Meerkat. That look that meerkats do, sometimes I am caught doing that. I always like to know what is going on and check that everyone is okay.

Do you have any irrational hates or fears?

Birds above my head height. I love them but I am terrified of getting swooped ever since a kookaburra bit my finger and stole my chips as a 7 year old.

What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?

I have a note in one of my many notebooks that reads, “The point of art is to show us what others are going through and leave us feeling a little less freakish”. I can’t remember who said this to me, or where I found it, but it rang true for me about making theatre. If you told me this = thank you.

 

Find out more about The Cutting Room Floor’s What’s Love Got To Do With It? here.

 

Image by Daniel James Grant. Background image by Jarrad Seng.