Get to know… Michael Pinchbeck

Award-winning writer and performance artist Michael Pinchbeck takes his parents on tour to recreate the post-show party where they met after an amateur dramatic production of The Sound of Music. His mum was a nun. His dad was a Nazi. We caught up with Michael to ask him our quick questions.

Michael Pinchbeck

What do you fear the most?
Losing my voice before a performance.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My partner Rosie. She’s pregnant at the moment. We’re expecting our second child.

What – or where – is perfection?
Spending time with my family

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Don Draper from Mad Men. He’s an anti-hero to some. But a hero to me.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Taping out the squares at the beginning of our get-in.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
My mum and dad. For going on tour with me and letting me tell their story onstage.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I would like to be able to play the guitar better. I play ‘Edelweiss’ in the show. Badly.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Working as a dramaturg on A Meeting Place as part of 5 Days in May with amazing artists last year and meeting in the bar after the show on the night of the general election. There was a real buzz. It felt that we were working on the edge of change.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

What’s your favourite website? – I often check the cricket score.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
An amateur practises until he gets it right. A professional practices until he can’t get it wrong.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
At the moment, the soundtrack of The Sound of Music.

Catch The Post Show Party Show as part of Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival on 8 – 10 July. Get tickets here. 

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