Q&A: Naomi Price of La Boîte’s Lady Beatle

Q&A: Naomi Price of La Boîte’s Lady Beatle

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Hot Chicks with Big Brains are incredibly excited to be partnering with La Boîte Theatre Company for the duration of their 2017 season. This year’s performances promise to be as engaging as they are diverse, with a whole bunch of incredible women helping to ensure their success.

This week, we’re in conversation with Naomi Price, co-creator and star of Lady Beatle – “a kaleidoscopic reimagining of The Beatles’ greatest hits.”

Emma Kate Lewis: Hi Naomi! Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what Lady Beatle means to you?

Naomi Price: I’m a performer and producer based in Brisbane, Australia and I’m originally from the UK. I moved here to study at Queensland University of Technology in 2003 and never left! This show means a lot to me personally as my dad’s family are all from Liverpool, and my grandmother was the person who instilled a real love of Beatles music in me as a child. This is also my third collaboration with my best friend Adam Brunes, after our previous pop-culture cabarets Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball, which have been hugely successful around the country.

EKL: As co-creator and star of Lady Beatle, how do you manage your time?

NP: I have a colour-coordinated calendar! Being a producer, a performer and co-creator of original work means you wear a lot of different hats.

I have to ensure that I am giving my creativity dedicated time, but it’s tricky when you’re receiving emails and enquiries around the clock!

I have to shut down my computer and stay focused, and luckily I have Adam there to keep me on task.

EKL: What’s been the most challenging part of your career so far?

NP: Everything about this career is challenging! But I suppose that’s why it’s so rewarding. I don’t really see anything as a mistake, just as an opportunity to learn. If I had to list one experience as the most challenging, it would probably be when I transitioned from being the general manager of a theatre company to being a freelance performer and producer.

It was scary to suddenly be faced with the prospect of not knowing where your next pay check was coming from. Thankfully, I allowed that potentially crippling time to help me become confident in who I am and what I know about this industry, and being out of my comfort zone enabled me to make some of the smartest professional decisions I’ve made.

Less than six months after leaving full time employment, I landed a year-long acting contract, and not long after that Adam and I wrote our first show together.

EKL: What accomplishment during your career has given you the greatest sense of achievement to date?

NP: That’s a really difficult question! I would say that everything that has come my way as a result of Rumour Has It has been pretty spectacular – winning awards, taking the show around the country including to Sydney Opera House, the international debut of our work – it’s been pretty amazing. I was also chuffed beyond belief to win a Green Room Award in March for my performance in Ladies In Black.

EKL: What are you most looking forward to on opening night and what can audiences expect from your performance?

NP: I am looking forward to finally delivering this brainchild that we’ve been fostering for the past two years, and sharing the incredible discoveries we’ve made along the way. It’s been three years since we debuted our last work, so I’m excited to see if the audience are still with us on this journey!

I think audiences can expect the unexpected – this work will be different to our last two shows, and I am so thrilled about that.

But do not fear – we can assure you that it’ll still feature world-class musicianship, songs you know and love, and power vocals.

Lady Beatle runs at La Boîte until the 3rd of June. Grab your tickets here!


Answers: Naomi Price

Images: La Boite Theatre Company

Questions and Edits: Emma Kate Lewis

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