My copy is on permanent loan to female comedians all across Melbourne. I don't even know who has it anymore, and I don't care, because it's such a hilarious collection of essays about what it's like to be a "regular human girl" and I think we all know a lot of comedians who could benefit, amiright? Also there is a story about swimming with dolphins that made me laugh so hard I woke Justin up in the middle of the night because I couldn't breathe.
If there was one book I could force every performer to read, it would be this. I started reading it at a B&B years ago, and it was so mindblowingly great that I took the copy home with me and vowed to post it back, but never did. The most inspiring book for performers ever ever ever. Especially if you're losing hope.
These are a few of my favourite things...
Joan Rivers : Enter Talking
Maeve Higgins : We have a good time don't we?
Little known fact - Leisl from The Sound of Music has an autobiography! I KNOW. As a small child basically everyone I knew wanted to be Leisl. (I personally wanted to be Suzanne Clachair, but Leisl was my number 2, and I loved reading her book).
Charmian Carr : Forever Leisl
The greatest diary ever to have been published, I chose it for my year 8 book review back in 1995. When I read the section to the class about Kylie's brother wanting to take his imaginary friend Henry on family holiday (and Kylie subsequently murdering Henry by pushing him out of the car on the highway) I laughed so hard my legs gave out from under me and I went down like a sack of potatoes. My awesome English teacher Ms Frances loved how convincingly I sold the humour and gave me an A! Thanks Ms Frances, I still remember!
The Diary of Kylie Mole
All of my shows have had their debut readings at MUST. It's been the breeding ground of a tonne of young theatre makers and performers over the years, and they continue to support us years later. RESPECT.
This is the course I did. I loved it. Unfortunately it no longer exists. Something about funding blah blah blah blah blah.
This was the first festival I ever applied to. They took a punt and gave me a room with a stage in which I found my voice. I love them.
An interview with Michael Cathcart on Books and Arts for CHOIR GIRL.
An interview with Belinda Sanders for Nothing Extraordinary Ever Happens in Toowoomba. (Ever).
A two part interview with Nicolette Minster for Bucket's List, Melbourne Fringe 2014.
A local cafe that keeps me fed while I'm writing my shows. Their Arabesque is the best breakfast ever created.