Checking in with Andy Packer, the director of The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy. Like Finegan, Andy has grown up in Australia and shares an Anglo-Irish background, but has also worked on a cattle farm! Read on!
Andy Packer: Adelaide
NV: Favorite hometown tradition?
AP: Going to the family’s bush block to sit around an open fire and stare at the stars
NV: Favorite hometown food?
AP: Pure Kangaroo Island Halloumi cooked on the Barbie [recipe here]
NV: Favorite hometown haunt?
AP: The Apothecary 1878 – Wine Bar
NV: Favorite NYC haunt?
NV: When you travel, what do you miss most about home?
AP: My kids and my beautiful wife…making my own morning coffee…
NV: Favorite family activity?
AP: Heading to the beach in summer, cooking pizza together in our wood fire in winter.
NV: Most memorable theatrical experience as a spectator?
AP: Lots and lots to choose from but probably the Adelaide season of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking
[Fun fact: Jake Heggie was the composer, but the libretto was written by Terrence McNally, American playwright and a New 42 board member].
NV: Most memorable theatrical experience as a director/performer?
AP: Cheeseboy – it continues to delight me!
NV: If you weren't in theater, what would you want to do with your life?
NV: Favorite saying or slang term?
AP: “The Truth is in the details.”
NV: Something interesting/unique others may not know about you?
AP: When I was growing up I was lucky enough to live in the city but also have access to a family farm in the southeast of Australia. The property consisted of 2,500 acres of cattle farm and onions! I had my own motorbike and spent hours riding around lost in my own world.
|Kids watching a show at The Come Out Festival!|
AP: I have also been lucky to work on a range of festivals, including recently being Creative Director of COME OUT Festival 2011 – Australia’s premiere festival of contemporary art and culture for children, young people and families.
NV: What is your educational background? Training background?
AP: I studied for a BA in Theatre Studies at the University of Adelaide – but I did not quite complete the course…I got too busy working in the industry!
NV: What is your cultural heritage? Has it influenced your work, and if so, how?
AP: Mmmm Scottish and English…nothing particularly interesting here I am afraid!
NV: Which 3 people have influenced you the most?
AP: Robert Lepage, Gruppe 38 (not a person I know but I love their work so much!) and Jane Goldney – my wife, who has done more to encourage me than anyone else…she only has herself to blame!
NV: Why do you like performing at the New Vic?
AP: Anywhere that there is an appreciative audience is a great place to perform!
Thanks, Andy! Check out our ON THE SPOT interview with playwright Finegan here.
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