Who’s Upstairs: Callum Tilbury

image1 (2)Callum Tilbury is the director of and stars in The Pitch, running at the Alexander Upstairs from 7 – 19 March at 9PM.

Home town?
Nottingham Road, KZN

Tell us a little more about your show?
“The Pitch” is a pseudo-musical-super-comedy. It’s got drag, it’s got puppets, it’s got everything. It’s a hot mess (not really). Whatever it is, it is guaranteed to be fun.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
Next up, I’m going to the International Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, Romania with a production of Hamlet. I’m playing Queen Gertrude (yaaaaaasssss)

And the project you’re dreaming of?
Lady Aria’s YouTube series. Coming soon. Hopefully.

How did you get into theatre?
I grew up in the KZN Midlands, and the general wash of religious conservatism backfired. Instead of breaking me it fuelled my yearning for fabulousness.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Charles Ludlam and Queen Elizabeth I. I would make them a cheesecake.

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
My bedroom watching 30 Rock.

What excites you about theatre (or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
I love that we can create things in theatre that are more than ordinary. Normal, boring things that we see every day are… Normal and boring (like… Why is realism even a thing?). Theatre is a canvas for your imagination, and my imagination is really weird.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
I often have made the mistake (and still do, but less often) of thinking I can do everything by myself.
I read a thing once where Frankie Nassimbeni said “theatre is about groups” and unfortunately he’s right. You need to trust people.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Koleka Putuma, because she is badass and relevant. Blythe Linger and Kathleen Stephens, because they are promoting young artists and new work. Morticia LaValle, because her positive energy literally radiates out of her skin like sunshine.