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Clare Bowditch knows how to deliver. She’s a woman who does nothing by halves. Mother of twins and a mother of an act onstage, Clare is renowned for knockout shows that also feature a spontaneous comedy set. Seven had a chat with the divine Ms Bowditch on the eve of her Byron Show.

What is a regular day for Clare Bowditch?

I guess that one of the realities about being a creative entrepreneur that rarely gets talked about is there is very little regular routine, and we create it anew most days of the week. Life, death and taxes: these things are certain. Waking up and cuddling little people and dressing and domestic duties: all guaranteed. Building in other routines has been the key to doing the things I do. I work in an office three days a week, and from home or a studio the other days. Or I’m on tour… I think you get the impression. It changes, but the constant is that I am always there: with my phone and my handbag and my heart and my ideas and my songs and my fears and so on.

How do you manage to balance family, creativity, career, relationship… or can it ever be balanced?

My opinion: it can never be balanced, it is never static, it is delicious chaos, but we all have moments where we get to think ‘Yep, this is working’. And then they’re gone again. So, although it is important to understand balance and aim towards it, we cannot always control it.

Why don’t you think men ever get asked that question?

Hmmm… lots of reasons, but also possibly because they don’t give birth. Talked about or not, it’s a big thing.

Would you call yourself a feminist? If yes or no then tell me why.

Yes, absolutely, and I’m also a humanist and general a ‘Possibilitarian’. We know the stats: when women are taken care of, or given a chance to take care of themselves, they go on to care for others. We know so often how they suffer, both in our country and in developing countries. Just makes sense to support them: we call that benefit.

Clare Bowditch is at the Byron Community Centre on Saturday.

Tix: $43 Pre / $48 Door – 8pm start.


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