What do pasta, Chablis and Virginia Woolf have in common? They are all part of the arsenal a local multidisciplinary writer and performer turns to when in need of some downtime.
Dr Adam Perchard is a playwright, poet, scholar, and cabaret star, who is currently touring the UK with their show 'Bathtime for Britain'.
First presented on the stage of Jersey Arts Centre in May 2021, the show originated from videos Adam filmed in their bathroom in the midst of the pandemic as they learned new songs in an attempt to expand their repertoire.
This week, Adam is returning to the stage of Jersey Arts Centre with 'Ballads from Bunker Island', which pays tribute to the thousands of forced and slave workers brought to Jersey during the Occupation. You can catch Adam on the stage on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October at 20:00.
Ahead of the curtain call, Adam shared their favourite ways to unwind...
After a hard week of touring or writing, there’s nothing like diving into a great big steaming vat of cheesy linguine to regain your equilibrium.
...a simple glass of tepid water. LIES! I’m a white wine gal.
I lay off the sauce when I have things to do as it can trigger my anxiety, but once I knock off, I love a sauvignon blanc – or a Chablis, if I’m feeling flush.
...Bach harpsicord concertos.
They have a comforting logic and sense of resolution to them (like reading a Jane Austen novel, where everyone marries the right person), but there is also something intrinsically mad-sounding about the harpsicord, which I love. They make me feel like an immortal vampire.
I fell in love with Woolf as an 18-year-old undergraduate, and we’re still going strong. No other writer makes me feel as completely alive as she does. I almost always reread one of her novels when I’m on holiday.
...hang out with my beautiful boxer dog Cleo.
Whether striding the lanes with the wind in our ears, or curled up in bed together reading and sharing the odd sneaky crisp, Cleo is my bestie. We’re never happier than when we’re together.
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Pictured top: Dr Adam Perchard caught on camera by Wayne Stewart.