Justine Clarke is not only a beloved children’s television super-star, she’s also a talented stage and screen actress (what is NOT to love about the stellar Tangle, Love My Way, The Time Of Our Lives – and did you know she played Anna Goanna in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome? It’s totally true. Gasp. Cool.)
Justine can also sing stuff that’s not about watermelons or puppies in the park (not that there’s anything wrong with watermelons/puppies. Heavens no!) She’s actually got a long history of performing non-kid music – from country and western to vintage rock ‘n’ roll, to her very favourite – jazz. She’s totes adaptable, you see.
I’m excited that it’s that very adaptability that has Justine embarking on another rad tour, this time aimed squarely at grown-ups. She’s performing alongside Tex Perkins in One Velvet Evening – a tribute to the music of Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra. You can find all the dates and ticket-buying details here. Be quick because they will sell out in a trice.
When I was in my PJs this morning, sipping tea in front of the heater and thinking about the best way to tell you about One Velvet Evening, I impulsively emailed off a mini interview request to Justine.
By lunchtime I had a bunch of responses to the ten things I’d asked. You can not get nicer/swifter than that, right? Would you like to find out the things Justine told me? Here goes. (Thanks heaps Justine!!)
Ten Things with Justine Clarke
Favourite Melbourne coffee place?
I’m a tea drinker. So consequently I don’t go to cafés for coffee but Barry in Northcote made quite an impression – incredible prawn sub. Also, Giddiup in South Melbourne. They have excellent salads.
Best thing to do once the day’s over and you’re cosy at home?
Get out of your clothes and into your pyjamas immediately. Don’t not pass go.
What would you put in a JAFFLE (toastie)?!
Tomato (with salt) and cheese. Does it get any better?
Favourite historical figure?
A book I’m reading right now:
Annabelle Crabb’s The Wife Drought
Three favourite ladies? (famous or not!)
My mother, my sister and my daughter.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m definitely a morning person. I’ve always been able to bounce out of bed. I like to think I’m a night owl.
What is the nicest kind of cake?
One that makes you grow small or tall.
Last thing you made? (The bed? A song? A dress?)
A song, just yesterday actually.
Best place to take a nice walk?
Callan Park, Rozelle in Sydney.
ALSO: you might like to see the great stuff Beci Orpin and Justine worked on/with together here