5 Questions with Andrew Finegan

andrewfineganWhat is your favourite swear word?
I’ve always really liked “Berk” – it’s innocuous to the unenlightened, but the rest of us know that’s it’s an abbreviation of “Berkshire Hunt”, which is rhyming slang for… well, you know!

What are you wearing?
I’ve just had my morning coffee up on High Street in Northcote (yes, I’m from Melbourne), so I’m still in my finest op-shop garments so that I can blend in with the hipsters. I still need to work on my beard, though.

What is love?
Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me no more. Some say love – it is a river that drowns the tender reed. All you need is love. Love changes everything. But love, love will tear us apart, again.

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
I’ve just returned from working in PNG for about 3 and a half months, and was fortunate enough to attend the National Mask Festival. The highlight was the Bainings Fire Dancers, who wear these huge masks and dance in the fires, kicking up huge plumes of fire and sparks. Often into the audience. It was amazing – and probably impossible to put on in Australia due to public liability issues. Five stars.

Is your new show going to be any good?
Yes! It received favourable reviews when I first performed it in Adelaide this year, and since then I’ve tightened it up, cut some boring bits, and added a K-pop inspired number. I’m also performing it a few times in Melbourne this month before coming to Sydney, so it should be well and truly awesome by then. Plus it has dinosaurs and zombies in it – which pretty much makes everything more awesomer. It’ll be the best cabaret show about the apocalypse in the Sydney Fringe, I guarantee it.

Andrew Finegan is star of Songs From The End Of The World, part of Sydney Fringe 2013.
Show dates: 27 Sep and 3 Oct, 2013
Show venue: The Switchbox