Show and Tell #19 - Maia Kirkman-Richards

Maia Kirkman-Richards
22 October 2017

Maia Kirkman-Richards is the Artistic Director of the House of Stray Cats. She has trained as an actor at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and since graduating in 2013 has enjoyed performing as both an actor and a puppeteer. Maia is very excited to be producing and performing in House of Stray Cats' AW 2017 tour of 'The Dream Factory'. They're coming to perform here on Wednesday 25 October.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot lately and wondering what perfect happiness is… I haven’t managed to come up with an answer yet!

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
The importance of sharing and telling stories

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?
It helps me to write things down that I associate with the subject as soon as they pop into my head as I always worry that I’ll forget things!  I often think quite visually or come up with specific moments and things that I know I want to see happen in a show so I jot those down or draw them.  If I’m still obsessing about certain ideas after a couple of weeks then I’ll mention them to family or friends and see if the idea is worth holding onto.
Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Since I was young I’ve always loved ‘Tale As Old As Time’ (the Angela Lansbury version!) she just tells the story so perfectly.
I love to be surrounded by music all day, every day and different artists/albums/songs will remind me of specific people/moments/memories and I love that.

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
A cat of course!

What is your greatest extravagance?
I once bought a very last minute holiday to Cuba on Ebay… that was fairly extravagant!

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Conversation & opinions – I love people who aren’t afraid to chat.

Favourite website/blog?
Youtube.  You can find anything, learn how to make/fix things… and it’s free!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Friendship fixes everything.

Piece of equipment you can’t live without?
My phone – boring but true!

Best recent read?
I read a really inspiring article called ‘Progressive Puppets’ about the Afghan version of Sesame Street.  They have just added a new male character to their show who will promote the importance of respecting women which I think is absolutely brilliant.

What is your final word?
Be lucky.