Jo Morris is a wonderful Perth actress who has played many great roles both for the large theatre companies and for some of the independent theatre groups in Perth and Western Australia. Apart from being an extremely talented actress, Jo is an intelligent, articulate and all round gorgeous person. She is passionate about the arts in Perth as well as small business and people who are following their dreams. And so are we! We are honoured to have interviewed her as our first ever creative for our “Questions Over Coffee” segment. Enjoy Part 2!
4) What would you say is your greatest achievement professionally?
It changes a lot because I’d say all artists will agree that you are always reaching for more. And that’s probably why we do it, for that never-ending challenge to be bolder, to be braver to make better choices. I really believe in that saying that ‘you’re only as good as your last performance’ because the moment you start getting cocky and thinking that you’ve actually discovered the secret to great acting is when it all falls apart. So I guess maybe my greatest achievement is just in finding the joy again. After drama school, after all that study, finding out again why I love doing what I do.
5) Can you choose a career highlight?
Probably the highlight, even now, was doing a show called “This girl laughs, this girl cries, this girl does nothing.” I was given the script and told the theatre company Barking Gecko was doing the show. I read the script all in one go and I cried, I laughed and I just had the most extraordinary response to this script which is so rare. Finegan Kruckemeyer is the playwright, he is from Adelaide and lives in Tasmania and is an amazing writer. I remember having a Scarlett O’Hara moment where I sat down and said, “As God is my witness, I must be in this play!” I just really believed in the story so much and I loved my character, Beatrix. We had the season, then toured it over east, then had another season. It was a really popular show and touched a lot of kids and a lot of adults. So I would say that that would be my highlight but truthfully I feel really fortunate to have many, many career highlights so far.
(editors note- the photo above is from the production of “This girl laughs, this girl cries, this girl does nothing”)
6) What’s in the future for Jo Morris?
I’m doing a Neil Simon play with Black Swan Theatre Company called “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” It is on at the State Theatre from the 6th to the 21st of September. It’s really funny, I’m looking forward to being in an unapologetic, straight laced comedy. Then I am in “Welcome to Slaughter” a thriller which is on at the Blue Room in October and then another play at the Blue Room in November called “Those who fall in love like anchors dropped upon the ocean floor.” It is written by Finegan Kruckemeyer who wrote “This girls laughs….” the play I was just talking about in the last question. It is directed by the very talented Adam Mitchell, I am really looking forward to all three of these fantastic plays.
7) Now a question away from career. What is your favourite season and why?
Ooooo good question…. I think probably spring because of the promise of what’s to come and the fact that everything has just been watered and the world seems like it’s at its most fresh and most alive! Spring is such a romantic time isn’t it? Very Tennessee Williams!
8) Is there anything else you would like to add for our readers?
Just that I feel really honoured to be able to take part in this new website, thank you. Also, we are really lucky in Perth because the cultural scene is getting better and better and there is so much talent here, so to the readers, any chance that you get- go and see some theatre. The Blue Room is a really vibrant and experimental space, it’s very accessible theatre, it’s $15 – $25 to see a show and the calibre and artistry of things coming out of that space is really phenomenal. If you haven’t been a huge theatre goer in the past and you’re looking for a way to experience it with a fresh and open mind, get on down to the Blue Room, for the price of a movie you can support Perth theatre.
Thank you so much Jo. We are a huge fan of yours here at Seasons Online and we look forward to seeing you on stage again in the near future.
If you missed Part 1 you can read it here