We were lucky enough to catch up with the extremely talented Sophie Perkins and chat all things theatre, pre-show rituals and more in the lead up to opening night of bare.

When did you first develop an interest in theatre?

I have had an interest in music ever since I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was about seven that I was properly introduced to Musical Theatre, and it’s safe to say I was hooked!

What is your all time favourite on-stage moment?

Picking just one is a bit tricky. Getting to perform at the Dawn Service on Anzac Day at ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine in Gallipoli was pretty surreal, but there was also something special and exhilarating about being covered in blood every night in Carrie. It’s a very close call but for different reasons.

L-R: Sophie Perkins, Timothy Langan, Alex Jeans, Natalie Abbott, Aaron Robuck (front.) Image by Julia Germaine. 

Can you tell us about your character in bare?

Ivy Robinson is almost like the Regina George equivalent of the bare world – everyone wants to either be her or be with her. She has control over most situations and people. From the outside looking in, her life is pretty idyllic. She’s interesting though, because there is definitely a lot more to her than first meets the eye, so her story has been fascinating to step into.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

Definitely! Any show day, I will have a massive lunch. I cannot eat proper meals before performing. I’ll do a pretty solid vocal warm up and usually steam about two hours prior to that, run through some cheeky accent exercises to make sure that’s all sitting in the right place, listen to a specific playlist I will have made for that particular character and show whilst doing hair and make up, check in with the cast to see where everyone’s at on any given day, do a bit of a physical warm up for safety and run through any ‘pressure points’ of the show to make sure my head’s around props, transitions, set moves. All that jazz.

L-R: Timothy Langan, Sophie Perkins, Alex Jeans, Aaron Robuck, Natalie Abbott. Image by Julia Germaine. 

What do you hope audiences take away from this production of bare?

I definitely hope audiences enjoy the stories we get to share with them, but I also hope, once they leave the theatre, that any impact or opinions they have about what they experienced don’t get left behind. There are so many messages woven throughout bare, and so many ways it links directly to current affairs in our society, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if everyone took away something slightly different from this show because they relate better to different characters and what not. But, at the end of the day, the primary message in this show is ‘love is love’. Simple as that. I’m all for respecting tradition, but life is progressive, and it’s very hard to keep moving forward when you live life in a way that is based on ideals which are thousands of years old. Obviously, that’s simply my opinion, but whether people accept the opinions offered in this show or not, I hope it at least makes people consider why they have the opinion they do and what they are expecting others to sacrifice as a result of them not being ‘offended’. We all hold this show very close to us and feel super privileged to be able to work with material that is so poignant. We hope audiences enjoy it. 

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