Performer: Margo MacDonald
Margo MacDonald is a Canadian multi-award winning playwright, actor, and theatre creator. Her solo show, The Elephant Girls, played at Draper Hall in London in 2017, as well as at the Brighton Fringe and the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She is currently in town with two of her other plays, Shadows (playing at the RADA Festival July 1 & 5) and Maupin which will have a staged reading at Draper Hall on July 7.
Performance type: Actor
Preferred pronoun: she/her
1. What is your artist name?
2. How would you describe what you do?
I’m an actor and a playwright.
3. How long have you being performing?
Professionally, for about thirty years.
4. What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Gosh, there have been many—but getting to bring The Elephant Girls on tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 and then touring with it in the UK and Ireland in 2017 is a major highlight.
5. Have you worked/performed for/with anyone famous?
6. If you could perform/work with anyone, who would it be?
Again, there so many, but Cate Blanchett is at the top of my list.
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Buying books, even though I already own more than I can probably read in one lifetime.
8. Tell us one secret about yourself.
I’m gay. Oh wait, that’s no longer a secret—but I did come out (to myself and then the world) only twelve years ago.
9. How and why did you get into this profession?
From the moment I saw my first theatre production when I was five years old (it was the musical Oliver!) it’s all I ever seriously wanted to do. So I did as much theatre as I could in school, then studied it at university in Canada, followed by doing post-grad studies in Classical Acting at LAMDA in the UK. Before university, my first professional gig was being part of an improv/comedy company for three years. Then in university I decided I liked performing scripted material better and I co-founded a Shakespeare company (A Company of Fools) which is still around today (though I don’t run it any more).
10. When you’re not working what do you like to do to chill out?
Make a cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with a book and my cat.
11. Which other LBQ performers do you recommend?
There are so many! But I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend my partner, the truly fabulous Titus Androgynous.
12. What is the best thing about being part of the LBQ community?
That I have a community wherever I travel. I can always find my folks. It’s wonderful.
13. How do you think your event fits in with Planet Nation’s community values (Community, Authenticity, Love, Connection)?
Both the plays I’m showing in London are lost pieces of queer women’s history. Shadows is based on the true story of 1930s theatre diva Eva LeGallienne and her partner Josephine Hutchinson. Maupin is based on the true and legendary story of Julie d’Aubigny Maupin who was a cross-dressing, bisexual, swordfighter, opera singer, and duellist in 17th century France. By searching out and bringing these lost stories to light, we as a community can connect with our past. Both of these women struggled to live authentic lives in the time periods they were in, and I tell the stories of their loves, both won and lost. They are fascinating women and deserve to be more widely known.