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Naomi Price

Pedestrian theatre bores Naomi Price.

The talented entertainer and formidable producer is ignited by work that pushes opinions, provokes thought, exudes passion and displays conviction.

She is equally forthcoming in her praise and criticism: delicately deconstructing a piece that resonates with her with the same consideration and insight as her unflinching but fair dissections of work that misses the mark.

Born in the UK, Price relocated to Australia as a 19-year-old student and has since blazed a trail across stage (Ladies in Black, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical), screen (The Voice Australia) and behind the scenes (co-director of The Little Red Company).

She runs a successful production company, commands the attention of critics and audiences alike and is fearless in her ambition to shape Queensland’s theatre scene creatively and to lead it artistically.

Who is the most overrated playwright?

William Shakespeare. Because, who cares anymore? If I see another production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I’m going to neck myself. We get it, move on!

What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve seen on stage?

A boy vomiting into a bathtub and then another boy getting into his vomit. (Danger Ensemble’s Sons of Sin)

If you had the power to ban one production from ever being performed again, what would it be?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Or Cats. Nobody needs to see Cats again. We’re done here.

What is the strangest fan or audience behaviour you’ve encountered?

I was performing in Ipswich in Lady Beatle, about to go out on stage and my stage manager stopped me and said, “oh no, you can’t go out there yet, someone’s put a strange object on stage.” She checked it out came backstage and said, “it’s ok, it’s just a cheeseburger from McDonald’s and a glass of red wine”. Someone had actually given me a pre-show snack in case I got hungry mid-way through Lady Beatle which I thought was amazing. Very thoughtful. I don’t eat meat anymore but I was desperately grateful. The red wine was well received!

What’s the work you wish more people had seen?

There was the most amazing production of MOTH that came up from the Malthouse Theatre. One of those visceral experiences where I can still remember the taste I had in my mouth at the end of the show. It just felt like a sucker-punch to the chest and I thought yes, this is why I love theatre; the feeling it can evoke in you.

 


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LADY BEATLE plays from 7 Aug 2019
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