An interview with Bernadette Fam

We sat down with Bernadette Fam (PYT Fairfield’s 2020 Artist-in-Residence) to ask about her plans for the next 12 months, what she hopes for the residency and what exciting project she is working towards.

How are you going to spend the next 12 months at PYT?

I will be focusing on developing my first full length solo work The Love Song Of… whilst also hopefully developing my skills as a theatre maker and director.

Tell us a bit more about The Love Song Of…

The Love Song Of… will be a one woman show following the epic timeline of my father’s life. As both a child of immigrant parents, and a child whose father had her when he was 60 years old, I have found myself in my past couple of years realising my absolute lack of knowledge in regards to my father’s life prior to his life with me. I’m changing that. What also has struck me is how strongly I grasped onto and romanticised every thread of information I’ve gotten and how significantly that information changes when passed through person to person to person. It’ll be a story about life, about legacy, and about celebrating the too-good-to-be-true-but-it-actually-is life of my dad.

Why have you chosen theatre as the medium to tell this personal story? 

The power of theatre for me is it’s innate ability to connect with the here and now. For me, I love that theatre gives the opportunity to have a conversation with the audience and share details so intimate which would otherwise be lost if it were through a screen or earphones. For me, there is no platform more soul bearing.

What are your hopes for this residency?

I hope to write a lot. Create a lot. And dive into the deep end constantly. I’m a keen bean to push my craft further than I have before whether that be in writing, theatre making or directing. For me, The Love Song Of… is an incredible important personal work and I would love to have it developed and to have had a showing by the end of the year, however I also think it’s super important to give it the time it needs to truly thrive.

Where can we next see your work?
Oooo… I have a couple of super cool projects coming up but they’re also all still super secret… Can I get back to you in a couple of months? What I can say is that I’m very, very excited

About Bernadette Fam

Bernadette Fam is an emerging Arabic-Australian theatre maker, director, writer and creative producer. Since graduating from Sydney Theatre School in 2017, she has been a member of the PYT Ensemble 2019, NToP’s Playwrights of Parramatta, KXT’s Step Up and DTC’s Emerging Theatre Makers. She is also the Associate Creative Producer for Green Door Theatre Company.

As a writer Bernadette is currently developing Middle Where? (Create NSW’s Young Creative Leader’s Fellowship) and recently attended The National Studio (Australian Theatre for Young People).

Image Credit: Emma Silwanis