Q & A: Emily Weir of The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek

Hot Chicks with Big Brains are thrilled to be working with La Boite Theatre Company for their first play of the year, The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek which runs from the 10th of February to the 3rd of March. Exploring modern society’s response to climate change and species extinction, this play promises to entertain and have you laughing, but also make you look up at the stars and have a serious think about the world.

We spoke to actor, Emily Weir to learn more about her life in the theatre world and to gain some further insight into her character, Georgina Templeton, in Dead Devils.


Can you please tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?

I am an actor and lover of 90’s pop music, a Virgo, a sister, a daughter, an aunty, a friend and a proud bonsai plant owner. I am blessed enough to be doing my ultimate love which is to act, to tell stories, to provoke and to nurture, to understand and to encourage a sense of community through acting in theatre.

How has your career developed over time? Has theatre always been an area of interest for you?

As the story goes I have been involved in performing arts since I was wee child. Always dancing, singing and acting. Theatre has always been an amazing place where I can learn about the human condition and to be able to get to do that, with a play that is beautiful, bold, current and important is a dream.

What intrigued you about Dead Devils and how is it different from other productions you’ve been involved in? 

I was fascinated by how intelligently funny it was right from the get go. Kathyrn Marquet is so bold and brilliant and straight away it struck me as something I would love to be apart of.

What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced since starting your career?

One of the greatest challenges I have faced since starting my career is allowing outside noise to redirect my instincts. Sometimes when I have been new to a role, I silence myself in fear of not being “right”, rather than exploring where I am truly at. Sometimes I can be overcome with the pressure of doing what others want rather than going with my own gut. The joy and freedom to express and play is the magic of creativity.

Who are some of the women that inspire you and your work?

Emma Thompson, Kathryn Marquet, Caroline Kennison, Kate Cherry, Andrea Moor.

Can you tell us about your role in The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek and what it means to you?

I play a zoologist named Georgina Templeton who is an advocate for nature, the earth and animals. She is highly intelligent, emotionally rich and feels things very deeply. She is a human that unapologetically, means what she says and says what she means. To have this role and play someone with her bravery means the world to me.

What has been your favourite part about working amongst the Dead Devils team so far?

I have loved meeting and working with the incredible cast who are generous, hilarious and kind.

The messages in this play are quite powerful and thought-provoking –  exploring ideas of species extinction and climate change.  What is your connection to these ideas and is this something you wish to raise more awareness of?

Yes absolutely. I think these ideas and themes are incredibly important and need to be brought to the forefront of our awareness and our action.


Images shot by Dylan Evans via La Boite Theatre Company

Compiled and Edited by Lauren Muggleton

Get tickets to The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek here!

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