More Fringe Fever: We catch up with Sandy Maestro (Sydney Fringe)

 Sandy Maestro is the director and producer of Concrete Moments at this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival. Tonight is the final day to see this show, (Saturday 24 September) at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. We ask Sandy our special Fringe Fever Questions ahead of her closing night…

 Sandy Maestro is the director and producer of Concrete Moments at this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival. Tonight is the final day to see this show, (Saturday 24 September) at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. We ask Sandy our special Fringe Fever Questions ahead of her closing night…   Show Info: 

What’s your show called?
Concrete Moments When is it on?
Saturday 24th September 2011 

Where is it on?  
Italian Forum Cultural Centre at Leichhardt Is there parking?
Yes, there is parking at the Italian Forum 

What time does it start?
 7:00pm
How much are tickets?
Adults $27.00 Concession $21.50 Are tickets available at the door?
Yes, tickets are available at the door.

 For more information, visit the Sydney Fringe Festival Website 

A Quick Chat With Sandy Maestro…  

Concrete MomentsWhat three words best describe your Fringe show?Multimedia, Poignant, Connection
 Who does your show speak to?Anyone who has at some point felt like they wanted to “belong”. It’s about the connection they feel with the protagonist and her struggle to be accepted and fulfilled.
What other Fringe show will you NOT miss?Earth Angel
What other Fringe show do you wish you were in?El Circo
What do you love most about the Sydney Fringe?Being made aware of how many incredibly creative people there are in Sydney
How many Fringes and festivals have you performed in?Two Fringe Festivals and One Short + Sweet Festival
If you could invite anyone to see your show (and you know they would come), who would it be?Giancarlo Giannini (Italian actor)
What is the best theatre advice you”ve received?Don’t try to do everything yourself. Look to your Creative Team for assistance.
What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?Running over to pick up a telephone on stage where the ring sound fx had stopped playing as the recording was too short.
Do you have any pre- or post-show rituals?No, I usually just check on my cast before the first show and say “Break a Leg!”
What was the last book you read?The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
What TV show do you never miss?Wild Boys
What film will you watch again and again?Lost in Translation
What show changed how you see theatre? Why?Avenue Q – Who knew singing puppets could be so much fun?!
 What was your first time on stage?I was 6 and played a brolga in a short piece called Dance of the Brolgas
What is the first theatre show you remember seeing?Bonnyrigg High School’s production of Godspell when I was 11
If you had access to the TARDIS, what performance would you see first?Neil LaBute’s 2004 off Broadway production of Fat Pig
What director/actor/writer would you just die to work with?Hayao Miyazaki (Director), Johnny Depp (Actor), Charlie Kaufman (Writer)
 What is your favourite theatre space in Sydney?The Newtown Theatre – It was a great experience performing there in January this year as part of the Short + Sweet Festival
Where in Sydney do you always take visitors?The Hayden Orpheum Cinema in Cremorne
How do you have your coffee?I don’t drink coffee. I prefer chai tea or hot chocolate.
What’s the best pizza topping?Mushrooms – Lots of mushrooms!
What do you love most about your Fringe show?It showcases the acting / design talent of my amazing cast and creative team in one unique multimedia theatre experience

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