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Interview with Paul Brown

My first theatre experience was... performing in a 1960s vaudevillian act presented at a festival by our scout troop, which ran itself since all our leaders resigned, which made us more like a gang.

If I was a character in a play... I’d be Bob Katter, which is to answer the question and pitch a new documentary play at the same time.

I hate theatre when... it’s a loving recreation of what could be accomplished on television.

Playwrights who inspire me... start with John Romeril and Hannie Rayson.

The best line that never made it into one of my plays is... ‘Communities don’t need politicians to solve environmental crisis!’, which I still believe and will one day find a way to say properly on stage.

My best or worst moment working in the theatre was... performing in front of Harry M. Miller at Long Bay gaol, circa 1982.

Heroes or villains - whose side are you on… Villains who turn out to be heroes.

My last big laugh was... discovering how many people wear black suits to Leonard Cohen concerts.

My last big whinge was... the number of cooking shows on television. Also the second last whinge etc.

The role of theatre in 21st century Australia is... to help revitalise the connections between people and places, which is the theme of a great new play about Bob Katter.

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