Kerith Manderson-Galvin


Image by Sarah Walker

DSP: Who are you in this world? What is your Normal? 
KMG: In this world I am queer, Femme, moody, vigilant, obsessive, alien, intuitive, loyal, tactile, emotional, fragile, honest, powerful, magic. Whatever “down to earth” is – I’m the opposite of that. My Normal is probably like that too. It happens in spaces and with other people who are outside of ‘normal’. In another world I’m probably all of those things too but I might spend less time on the internet and more time being present.

DSP: Who were you at the beginning of this project?
KMG: I came into the project midway. I was nervous, I couldn’t work out what my role was and I’m not sure I ever quite knew. Which is a bit like being in the world outside of the project and also a bit like being in a dream- except that in the project it wasn’t like a shortcoming. Everything was changeable.

DSP: What is paradise and what does it look like to you?
KMG: I’m not sure how to answer this. 1. Bachelor in Paradise is such an excellent show. 2. “The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalising rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of this moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.” Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz.

DSP: Is theatre / performance art needed in paradise? Why?
KMG: Theatre/performance art is always needed. I’m not certain performance or art does anything, but I keep doing it anyway, just in case. But – yeah. Something about liveness, recognition, being, doing, connecting. And entertainment. And it will be nice to be entertained by theatre in paradise when I run out of tv to watch, although I guess I never run out of tv in my paradise, it’s Bachelor In Paradise every night forever.

DSP: What is the one thing people say about you the most?
KMG: People used to say to me, “I’ve never met anyone like you” but there must be more of me now because they don’t say that any more. People often tell me that I am ‘real’ which is good to know.

DSP: Name 3 to 10 survival things you have / need / would like to have in your tool belt? (for everyday, as an artist and in the bush)
KMG: Mood stabilisers.
A search engine – for better or worse. Someone else. I guess the someone else could answer my questions and then I wouldn’t need the search engine?
The colour pink.

DSP: What was the hardest and the most fun or funniest thing in this process?
KMG: It was hard to let go of the fact that the final rehearsal stage wouldn’t be like other rehearsal processes, and harder when I realised that that felt difficult to me. You don’t even notice that you’ve just accepted that one way is the ‘right’ way to do things until it’s time to change that.

DSP: Is there a fun fact about you, you would like to share here? 
KMG: When I was little I won a competition at a shopping centre where I had to race in a little plastic car. I’m not sure if that’s a fun fact about me, it just came to mind. I also once went to a dirty cinema with Brian Mannix, who is not really famous anyway, but it’s a great story. OR I’ve been getting into teas at the moment – right now I’m really into lavender, damiana and blue pea flower tea. And I have a pink tea set that I don’t use because it’s too nice.

DSP: Industry history, awards and other works that you would like to share, if at all!