Catherine Alcorn
Catherine Alcorn. Photo © Claudio Raschella

Catherine Alcorn

The stage performer, whose Bette Midler show The Divine Miss Bette has toured widely including to the US, discusses learning on the job in Wagga Wagga, and her excitement at premiering a new show at Tasmania’s Festival of Voices.

Growing up, we listened to an eclectic mix of Mum and Dad’s musical tastes. I remember vinyls including The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Rockysoundtrack and Neil Diamond’s Hot August Nights.

Dad is a dairy farmer from Kyogle, and Mum was a Bondi girl. I get my musicianship from Mum; Dad loves music but can’t sing a note, but that doesn’t stop him from belting a Roy Orbison number!

Mum’s father, Cliff, was...