MEMO’s ‘Q & A 3’ featuring PAUL CAPSIS…
Paul Capsis talks about his colourful career, his favourite rock songs and his latest projects….
Q1. Your upcoming show at MEMO will be covering a bunch of alternative rock and pop hits, do you have a particular song that you like to sing the most? And why?
I try only to sing songs that I identify with. There are songs I have sung for more than twenty five years and I never get tired of singing them, its like people who go to hear Mozart or Brahms, they are classic and are always great. I feel that way when I sing Lou Reed’s PERFECT DAY. I never tire of that or any Janis Joplin songs. I’m doing a bunch of new songs in this show at the MEMO show. I hope that I find some new classics to hold onto.
Q2. Your career as a performer to date has been quite colourful thus far, what is your most memorable career highlight?
Far too many highlights. I have been very fortunate in my career. I don’t know too many other people who can manage a career as diverse as mine. I’m in and out of theatre, music and film. Of my absolute top experiences I’d say the play I wrote about my Maltese Grandmother ANGELA’S KITCHEN, is the most important work because it’s the most personal and direct about my life. Others would be making the feature film HEAD ON in Melbourne twenty ones years ago and all the collaborations I made with Barrie Kosky. The MC in Cabaret….too many really to mention.
Q3. Do you have any new projects in the works?
I have a number of other projects on the simmer and some of them have been simmering away for a few years now. I know that I am definitely going to London at the end of the year to appear in Windmill theatre’s production of RUMPELSTILTSKIN. I play the lead role and we performed it in Adelaide in 2016. Its a hoot. I am currently appearing in the one man play RESIDENT ALIEN for Cameron Lukey at 45 Downstairs in Melbourne, playing eccentric wit Quentin Crisp. I play him at ninety. After Melbourne, we tour Brisbane, Lismore and back to Sydney. I am really looking forward to singing again and MEMO is a great venue. I am working with the top musical director in the country, Jethro Woodward and a kick arse band!!! Can’t wait.