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Interview with Mark Trevorrow

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Mark Trevorrow is one of Australia’ most legendary performers. Know his name but can’t place him? That’s because he is the creator of Bob Downe! This month Mark comes to Brunswick Picture House to present an evening of tunes and stories… as himself! No wig! No nylon tracksuit!

Mark is very excited about his trip north.

‘Any excuse to come to the Northern Rivers,’ he says,
‘and perform at the
exquisitely beautiful Brunswick Picture House’.

‘You know how you are affected by a venue; it’s intangible, apart from being a beautiful place, the Brunswick Picture House – I think it has a jarrah floor – I think it’s an incredibly historic place – it’s got a tin roof, so it rings – it’s great for laughter because it just carries!’

‘I am very picky about the rooms I play, and I adore the Brunswick Picture House’ says Mark.

As for most performers, the age of COVID-19 has been a quiet time for Mark.

‘I haven’t had this much time off since 1984, when the Globos broke up; the cabaret group where I became a professional performer. I never got a gap year after high school – I went straight into my job as a copy boy for Melbourne’s Herald Sun. 1984 was the first year I had off. I bummed out and was on the dole, and in 2020 it was easy to be on the dole again!’

Mark is especially excited about the prospect of singing.

‘I used to be totally jealous of singers. What’s hard about getting up singing? Comedy is a laugh every 10 seconds! You are never not terrified before you get out there. The idea of going out to just sing is so pleasurable! I am so relaxed, I tell stories I would never tell as Bob – real stories of stuff that has happened!’

In his first time appearing as Mark Trevorrow at Brunswick Picture House he will be singing pop, jazz and show standards, from Bacharach and Lennon-McCartney to Sondheim and Coward, in a smoothly melodious style you’ll just love!

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