Today Carbolic heads down to the South Island to have a yarn with Steph Melbourne, an extremely talented IP lawyer at James & Wells in Christchurch. Aside from her legal exploits Steph is a trained dancer and Pilates instructor at the Barre by Lyndal - her BootyBarre classes are said to be all the rage in Christchurch - you must go check them out!
1. Most memorable show/event/concert and why?
Spiegelworld's 'Empire' - I saw this show earlier in the year in Melbourne and thought it was worth seeing again in Christchurch a couple of weeks ago. Both shows were outstanding and a great mix of comedy, acrobatics, burlesque and music.
2. You have $50 in your pocket on a Friday night out – where would you go?
Tony Astle's new restaurant Chinwag Eathai has recently re-opened in Victoria St in Christchurch and has the perfect mix of ambiance, good cocktails, and scrumptious Asian fusion plates to share.
3. If you were to produce/create a show, what would it be about?
Booty Barre adventures....watch this space http://thebootybarre.com/
4. Favourite piece of art/object/rock?
My favourite object is the dyna-band – we use these bands a lot in our Booty Barre classes for toning muscle. It such a versatile piece of equipment which you can take anywhere with you because it is so light and rolls up to a tiny ball. Good for all ages, and injury rehabilitation as well.
5. One sentence to describe the arts, culture, and events scene in Christchurch?
BUZZING! One of the main attractions that bought me to Christchurch for University was the great cultural scene, particularly theatre and dance. It has been great seeing it revive again post-Earthquake to rival other cultural hubs.