PuSh Profiles – Ellie O’Day
January 01, 2013
* Tell us what you do for PuSh in one or two sentences – or a haiku.
I do media relations – pleasantly pestering all those editors and producers.
* How long have you been involved with the PuSh Festival?
From before it was a festival, when it was just a baby series – and it’s come a long way. So far, in fact, by last year Club PuSh required its own publicist, Emma Lancaster.
* What is one of your favourite memories of PuSh?
No contest – the opening scene of Crime and Punishment, directed by Jimmy Tait, at the Roundhouse. It’s still my favourite show, but that scene made a huge impact, and I first saw it in the Russian Hall gym during rehearsals, performed for TV cameras – even there it took my breath away.
* Which PuSh shows/ experiences have stayed with you?
Besides Crime and Punishment, Black Rider (twice!), Hard Core Logo, Frank (RIP, Nigel), Famous Puppet Death Scenes, Four Horsemen, KAMP, White Cabin, City of Dreams, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields and El Pasado.
* What are you looking forward to at this year’s festival?
All the interesting people we’ll meet. I’m just getting acquainted with the shows, but definitely Photog, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, I, Malvolio (Hi, again, Tim Crouch!), Winners and Losers, and Lear.
* Outside of PuSh what do you (like to) do with your time?
Do publicity for The Cultch and other festivals; ride my bike, garden on my PAL balcony, and bake bread.
* What does ‘crossing the line’ mean to you?
Stepping outside your comfort zone; through the looking glass.