Since relocating to a little shack in Currumbin from Darwin about three years ago, Mark and Aimee Gray have been slowly becoming known as quite the cultural powerhouse couple. Some may already know Mark as the joyful drummer from party band Burger Joint but Aimee is an accomplished curator of theatre and circus in her own right through their performance art project called Kerbside Collective, and together 2019 brings a calendar full of activity for the recent addition to the Gold Coast cultural community.
“We had lots of fun theatre work up in Darwin but my parents are in Oxenford and other family lives around the place nearby. I just didn’t want to become ‘the estranged uncle’ of the family”, Mark explains.
Some might say strange, as opposed to estranged, as Mark goes on, outlining the extensive commitment he and Aimee made this year to the program at the Woodford Folk Festival.
“Life on the Line is Aimee’s and my pop-up theatre experience. We do a few shows each night that Burger Joint isn’t playing. Sometimes I finish the late show at Bill’s Bar and then head straight to the Pineapple Lounge to set up for a gig. It’s hectic but fun! The Woodford community is amazing and there’s lots of our GC friends dropping in to say hi.”
Life on the Line during the day is a bit of family fun that includes dad jokes, Aimee’s graceful aerial ballet on a Hills Hoist (they had to purpose build the Aussie icon for balance), a little bit of Mark on electric guitar, and some participatory theatre. At night it becomes a tiny bit more adult with some tasteful underwear provided to the audience in advance for timely throwing at moments of laughter and applause.
The hectic schedule continues throughout 2019, as Aimee’s oversight saw the team become recipients of a cultural grant, they’re on the bill at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and Burger Joint will be touring. If that wasn’t enough, Mark’s been spending time in the studio with Benny D Williams on a new solo project, and a yet-to-be-named EP will be released later this year. Phew!
So what do they think about the Goldie, now that they’ve based themselves here?
“ Well…” Mark smiles wryly, “we love bushwalking and the beach so the GC scene has been perfect for our lifestyle. We’ve loved to see HOTA evolving and cool stuff happening. Getting to know people is important though. Sometimes living in a shack stops you from meeting people, but the clan on the GC seems awesome, we’ve loved getting to know Benny D, Scotty French and Matthew Armitage. It’s been a good move for us.”
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