It was obvious from the very first time I saw her that she belonged on the stage. I first met Michelle at a drama workshop day that Interchange was running as a weekend activity. She was in hot pink from head to toe, and acted her way through a challenging and hilarious improvised skit with ease. I watched on as she brought the slightly more timid actors and actresses to life, always encouraging others to give it a go and be their best. It’s not often that you meet someone who is able to do that to a whole room full of people, just simply by being themselves.
Why Australia? I threw a dart at a world map and that’s where it landed. I grew up in Holland, and in 1974 fate had me land in Australia. I remember flying in for the very first time and looking down and it was all red land and blue sky. Very impressive, very different.