Kerith Manderson-Galvin, the creator/performer of MKA: Being Dead (Don Quixote) caught up with our friends at The Blue Room Theatre for a chat about her upcoming show, irrational fears and Degrassi:
WHAT ITEM CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM?
My computer. Because I’m working by myself I film myself using my webcam so I can see what I’m doing. I guess it comes out a bit blurry and in reverse and sometimes my head is missing because I don’t angle it properly, but I really feel like I’m working.
DO YOU HAVE ANY IRRATIONAL FEARS?
Everybody hates me
You’re lying to me
And once for a couple of days- there’s a portal in my bedroom.
WHAT’S THE BEST SHOW YOU’VE EVER SEEN?
Degrassi New Class has just started and it’s really amazing. The episode I just watched has a character say, “we don’t talk about this stuff” and she’s talking about masturbation. There’s also a feminist club and a really beautiful episode on consent.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST EVER PERFORMANCE YOU WERE IN?
I guess this probably wasn’t the first because I would have been doing ballet by that time, but I was in the nativity play as an angel and I had a solo but instead of singing I cried. That might not be how the memory goes.
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
When I was little I really liked Judy Garland and all I wanted to do when I grew up was be like Judy Garland or probably I wanted to be with Judy Garland, but I remember making paper mache masks and mine was really bad. Maybe I thought, “I’ll never be a visual artist”, so I said to one of my classmates, “I’m going to be on broadway.”
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT PERTH?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT SUMMER?
Not wearing any clothes/understanding how to dress myself. Less IS more and the higher the hair the closer to god.
WHAT SHOW/S ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO DURING SUMMER NIGHTS OR FRINGE WORLD?
queer, queer, fairytales.
I’m also allowing myself to see the movie Carol once my show closes, so that will be exciting. My dad hated it. I just think it’s important.
MKA: Being Dead (Don Quixote) starts in PICA’s Performance Space on 22 January, 2016, presented by PICA and The Blue Room Theatre as part of Summer Nights and MKA | Theatre of New Writing, as part of FRINGE WORLD 2016.
Find out more about MKA: Being Dead (Don Quixote) and book tickets here