Interview: Becc Sanderson - Eat, sleep and breathe

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  • 8 August 2011

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Eat, sleep and breathe: Becc Sanderson

Australian cabaret singer on food, jodhpurs and corsets

This Australian cabaret singer just did a six-month tour of people’s living rooms, performing songs about flowers (eg Radiohead’s ‘Lotus Flower’, Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’). She’s in Edinburgh now, and talking to us about jodhpurs and corsets…

What time is breakfast?
Whenever I get up, after a vat of tea.

Tea or coffee?
Tea. Darjeeling preferably. Coffee is one of my life’s greatest disappointments. Why doesn’t it taste like it smells?? Why God, why?!

Smoking or non-smoking?
Non. Very non.

Sweet or savoury snacks?
Sweet. Especially at around 11am. And 3pm. And 5pm. And 10pm. And 1am if I’ve had a gig.

What food do you miss when you tour?
Home-cooked. Mine.

Who’s the best cook you know?
Apart from me (and only because I make everything just the way I like it), my friend Pamela Timms; never known her to fail. She lives in Delhi now and has a wonderful blog called Eat and Dust’ that makes me swoon with longing regularly.

What’s on your rider?
Preferably a tight pair of jodhpurs and knee high boots. Slightly muddied…

Which country/ city has the best food?
Melbourne. Although Perth (Australia, my home town) has the best seafood.

Do you eat out a lot?
I wish, I wish, I wish … That’s a no, sadly, but not from a lack of wishing.

Do you eat or drink onstage?
I’m wearing a corset designed by the fabulous Joyce Paton, I can barely sit down let alone eat, darlings! I can just about manage a few sips of water though…

PassionFlower, New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 28 Aug (not 16), 10pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

Becc Sanderson & Graeme Stephen - Cry Me a River


Singer-songwriter Becc Sanderson performs songs of Radiohead, the White Stripes, Costello and Waits, plus originals of her own making and all with flowers in their titles. Exploring cabaret and the tradition of the torch song, PassionFlower is deliciously intimate, scent-ual and sensual, a musical and floral feast for the…

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