A Quick Chat With Bjorn Stewart

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Bjorn Stewart

This week AussieTheatre.com catches up with Bjorn Stewart.

Bjorn trained at the University of Wollongong, and has performed professionally in a number of productions as well as creative developments and short play festivals. He has appeared in Ben Hur: The Stadium Spectacular and The Colour Blind Project and co-developed Bully Beef Stew.

Bjorn is a member of the Moogalin Theatre Company and was a former member of the Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, which focuses on political injustices.

He is also a playwright and has directed productions around the Sydney and Wollongong regions.

He is currently appearing in Belvoir’s The Dark Room, which has just been extended until December 11 due to popular demand.
For more information and ticket enquiries visit: Belvoir – The Dark Room

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cartoonist

Who is the most important person in the world to you?
It’s got to be Mum!

What animal best represents you and why?
I think a kangaroo, because I kind of hop from one place to the next, chill out a lot and taste delicious.

If you were a contestant on Deal or No Deal, how much would you need to be on offer before you walked away?
It has to be enough to get the bus home and something to brag about to the mates.

What’s the worst date you’ve ever had?
Getting a date is good enough for me, I haven’t really had a bad date so far. I have had awkward ones though.

Windows or MAC?
Own a Windows, want a Mac.

Which Spice Girl was your favourite?
Scary Spice, she had character.

Who is the actor you would be most like to work alongside?
Samuel L. Jackson

What five songs would be the first you put a mix tape?
1. ‘Music Makes Me Happy’ – OKA
2. ‘State the Art’ – Gotye
3. ‘Sick and Tired’ – Borgore
3. ‘Big’ – Dead Letter Circus
5. ‘Bin Laden’ – Immortal Technique feat. Mos Def

What is the best thing about theatre in Australia?
The multicultural range we have access to and portraying that on stage.

What is the worst thing about theatre in Australia?
That there are some companies out there sadly ready to exploit young artists. I’ve had my fair share of almost falling into these traps, but you learn from these experiences.

Favourite food?

What was the first piece of theatre/film/TV you ever appeared in and how old were you?
It was a church play about David and Goliath, I was playing David, I think I was 5 years old.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Kitchen hand and bar staff at a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I always got lost getting there and coming back home.

What’s the first website you visit when you come online?

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content.
On a beach in Darwin with my family watching the sunset.

Red or white?
Red! It’s made for actors and for putting hair on your chest.

Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?
North Queensland it’s really beautiful.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Steven Berkoff

Where do you see yourself in five years? 
I will still be working on stage, television and film. This is my meaning to life.

What’s your life motto?
Don’t leave muddy trails

Matt Edwards

Matt is a past owner of AussieTheatre, working as digital director from 2011 to 2019. He is also a performer, most recently appeared in the Australian tour of Mamma Mia! and previously in the Australian/NZ tour of CATS and Enda Markey's acclaimed production of Blood Brothers. As well as performing Matt keeps himself busy in the digital side of the arts working with web design agency Emptyhead Digital

Matt Edwards

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