Posted on March 25, 2015 by Basement
Tell us about your show You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman in one sentence…
It’s a silly, ridiculous hour full of songs, jokes and my body, where you get to sit and watch me work really hard for your laughs.
Just how hard is it for you to open a jar?
Deceptively hard. And each time I come to it with an open mind – like, this time…this time it will be different. Just to be utterly disappointed again. I’ve chipped teeth, I’ve smashed glass, and I’ve cried. Jars don’t want to be opened. That’s the problem.
And are jars and babies similar then?
If you drop them, it’s really bad. Really bad.
You’ve had huge success with your last show Miss Fletcher Sings The Blues – do you do a bit of song and dance in this one too?
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman is full of new songs. I sing them, and play them on my piano. It’s full of physcial representaitons of complex philosophies too. In those aspects, the two shows are similar. In all other ways they are completely different, and this new show is less about a borderline paedophilic teacher, and more just about Hayley Sproull.
Equally song-filled, dancing maniac Chris Parker has been a long time collaborator of yours. What makes your creative relationship so special?
Chris and I are always on the same page, always in the same boat. If we were both women, our menstrual cycles would be in sync. And that’s the only menstrual reference you will ever hear me make. Period.
What makes YOU feel like a natural woman?
Working with awesome people who don’t give two shits about what genitalia I have. That, and Shania Twain.
What else is coming up for you this year?
I’m heading over to the UK with a bunch of cool Auckland actors in the next Live Live Cinema show, in which we get to perform in heaps of amazing places including The Barbican. Then I’m coming home to clean toilets in a corporate office and write some more comedy in my spare room. Then Chris Parker, Leon Wadham and I set about making our next show Milky Bits.
Fave Basement memory has gotta be…
When Chris and I thought it would be hilarious to put a fake ‘half time’ into our 50 minute comedy show Outsiders’ Guide. The audience were confused, silent, and unimpressed as we served them trays of water and encouraged them to speak amongst themselves. The whole show plummeted to an awkward low. It was quickly cut the next night and we never looked back.
And one Hayley Sproull fact that even The Basement Theatre community wouldn’t know(!) is…
I’ve had extensive plastic surgery on my face.
Hayley Sproull wrote and stars in YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN 31 March – 4 April, 8pm.