Melbourne Festival Chat: Kate Fryer

Kate Fryer is a co-founder of independent acrobatic aerial theatre company Dislocate. Their Melbourne Festival show, If These Walls Could Talk, is another world premiere for the festival. Fusing theatre and circus, it’s a story about life, death and everything in between in an apartment overs five generations of tenants.

If these walls could talk

What do you love most about your Melbourne Festival show?
The twists.

What three words best describe the experience of seeing your show?
Laugh, cry… no!

Who shouldn’t miss your show?
Anyone who has a particular liking for physical theatre with a dark sense of humour.

What other Melbourne Festival show will you NOT miss?
We don’t open until the last week end of the festival so to whole thing is going to pass me by with my head still in rehearsal.

What was the first festival you were a part of?
Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival (I grew up in country South Australia). 

Apart from the Melbourne Festival, what festival would you love to be a part of?
The Grec, Barcelona.

If you’re a local, where in Melbourne do you always take visitors?
Our local park for a bbq.

What’s one of the great things about being part of a festival?
They publicise your show!

What do you like to do when you have a day to yourself?
Get a massage.

If someone wants to buy you a drink at the Foxtel Festival Hub, what should they order?
Vodka Tonic.

What is the best theatre advice you’ve received?
There are no problems only solutions

What’s one piece of advice you’d give emerging theatre makers?
Work with people you like, admire and trust.

What was the last book you read?
Flying too high, Kerry Greenwood.

What was the last piece of theatre you saw that made you cry?
Everything makes me cry.

What work changed how you make theatre?
Dv8’s Enter Achilles.

What is the first piece of theatre you remember seeing?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

What director/actor/writer/creator would you love to work with?
Terry Gilliam.

If These Walls Could Talk
24–26 October

Anne-Marie Peard

Anne-Marie spent many years working with amazing artists at arts festivals all over Australia. She's been a freelance arts writer for the last 10 years and teaches journalism at Monash University.

Anne-Marie Peard

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