Fringe Fever: We chat with Teresa Bell performing This Floating World (Sydney Fringe)


Our latest bout of Fringe Fever sees us catching up with Teresa Bell, whose show This Floating World will play at the Greek Theatre, Marrickville as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011. 


Our latest bout of Fringe Fever sees us catching up with Teresa Bell, whose show This Floating World will play at the Greek Theatre, Marrickville as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011. 

The audience is guided through the landscape by an omnipotent force who listens in on the intimate soliloquies of people, ghosts, birds and animals. The show is essentially a celebration of how we are connected to all things. 

Show Info:


What’s your show called?
This Floating World When is it on?
This Sat 24 September and Sun 25 September at 5pm  

Where is it on?  
The Greek Theatre, Marrickville How do you get there by public transport?
Bus I suppose or walk Is there parking?

What time does it start?
How much are tickets?
$15 Are tickets available at the door?

 For more information, visit the Sydney Fringe Festival Website

A Quick Chat With Teresa Bell

This Floating WorldWhat three words best describe you Fringe show?Sensual, poetic, beautiful
Who does your show speak to?Those interested in words, Ireland, buddhism, passion, longing – lovers of language – pretty universal really
What other Fringe show will you NOT miss?I would see everything if I didn’t have a four and six year old
What other Fringe show do you wish you were in?One show is enough for me, I have learnt
What do you love most about the Sydney Fringe?The chance for new works to be showcased, given support – art not boxed into form How many Fringes and festivals have you performed in?Countless – over fifty If you could invite anyone to see your show (and you know they would come), who would it be?The Dalai Lama
What is the best theatre advice you’ve received?Stand in the light, say the words
What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?Outdoor theatre always has its own challenges, a random dog coming on stage when I was playing cleopatra and trying to hump my leg, same show, different outdoor venue, some drunk blokes yelling out “Show us ya tits” in my dying speech with the asp to my breast.
Do you have any pre- or post-show rituals?Pre show – don’t drink, after show, drink
What’s your favourite theatre superstition? Do you believe it?Don’t kill the theatre cat – think I made that up, but I believe in it
What was the last book you read?A Love Letter from a Stray Moon – beautiful poetic take on Frida Kahlo by Jay Griffiths What TV show do you never miss?I never miss television, got rid of mine years ago What film will you watch again and again?Not sure I do that, possibly could watch Russian Ark or Water a few times
Who will hate your Fringe show?You can’t hate it – it is short, perfect language and even if you don’t like the actors you can close your eyes and let the words wash over you and find peace. 
What show changed how you see theatre? Why?Cloudstreet – magical and LONG and great literary adaptation to stage
What was your first time on stage?Mmm. 17 at acting school
What is the first theatre show you remember seeing?Angela Punch McGregor in Street Car Named Desire – loved it, hooked from then
If you had access to the TARDIS, what performance would you see first?Salome – original performance
What director/actor/writer would you just die to work with?Sean Penn, oh but I must say I think Gavin Blatchford (co-actor) is just as good and just as sexy and I am lucky enough to have worked with him since I was 17 too, over 20 years wow What is your favourite theatre space in Sydney?The Stables, always has been always will be
Where in Sydney do you always take visitors?The sea near me
How do you have your coffee?Strong, with milk and sugar and sitting down, not walking the streets with it as a prop
What’s the best pizza topping?Anything fresh
What do love most about your Fringe show?It reminds me of Wim Wenders’ The Wings of Desire – that angels or a greater force is listening to our innermost thoughts and that we are all connected.  

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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