Three issues with Myf Warhurst: ‘It lived in some rich particular person’s mansion for 100 years’ | Australian way of life

‘Birds are life’s witnesses’: the painting of red cockatoos gifted to her by her dad.

Myf Warhurst is about so as to add one thing completely different to her resume. From subsequent week, the beloved Spicks and Specks common will seem in a brand new Australian stage manufacturing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Warhurst is taking part in the Narrator, whereas former Neighbours star Jason Donovan is entering into the function of Frank-N-Furter.

“I’ve by no means achieved an precise musical earlier than,” Warhurst says. “We did sing and dance on Spicks and Specks, however not with precise skilled dancers. So I do have impostor syndrome, however I’m having fun with it immensely. I by no means thought I’d be having such a brand new and daunting expertise at practically 50.”

Music has at all times been a giant a part of Warhurst’s life, and he or she considers her most helpful object the child grand piano in her lounge – as a result of it has a knack for getting the celebration began every time visitors are over. Right here, the longtime ABC presenter tells us why she delights in that centuries-old instrument, in addition to the tales behind different essential private belongings.

What I’d save from my home in a hearth

My dad is a painter, amongst many different issues, and we grew up together with his artwork. I’ve acquired a few his work that will completely be the primary issues I’d save in a hearth.

He does these unbelievable landscapes with all the colors of the earth and of the countryside. However he additionally does plenty of stunning birds, and I’ve acquired one he painted that has two stunning pink cockatoos. I’d by no means been a lot of a chook lover till the previous couple of years – in lockdown, in Melbourne, I actually began to get into watching birds in my again yard as a result of I used to be so bored. Dad’s at all times mentioned that birds are life’s witnesses … they give the impression of being down upon us and watch us as we watch them.

‘Birds are life’s witnesses’: the painting of red cockatoos gifted to her by her dad.
‘Birds are life’s witnesses’: the portray of pink cockatoos by Warhurst’s father.

I’ve acquired one other [painting] that may be very particular as effectively, of my three brothers and I [as] little youngsters. He gave us one every a few Christmases in the past – I might completely put within the boot of the automobile if there was a bushfire about to come back by. I’ve simply moved to a bushfire-prone space in Melbourne, so I’ve really had to consider this!

My most helpful object

My piano. It’s been there for a lot of nice events – for my visitors to play, not me. And it’s wonderful how many individuals can really play the piano very well!

‘It’s been there for many great parties – for my guests to play, not me’: Warhurst’s baby grand piano.
‘It’s been there for a lot of nice events – for my visitors to play, not me’: Warhurst’s child grand piano.

It’s probably the most unbelievable piano. I purchased it about 12 years in the past in a store in Melbourne but it surely’s from 1868, so it’s extremely previous. Apparently it lived in some rich particular person’s mansion for 100 years and nobody ever touched it. In order that’s why it’s in such a lovely situation – though I need to admit it’s had a bit of damage and tear at my home since. And nobody needed to purchase it from the store as a result of it’s not live performance pitch – to play with an orchestra, a piano must be live performance pitch. Fairly frankly, I’m by no means gonna play with an orchestra, so it doesn’t matter.

The merchandise I most remorse dropping

This one disappeared in a transfer sooner or later – I’ve lived in so many homes through the years that stuff simply goes lacking.

For some time there, I went by a part of accumulating retro know-how – like previous TVs and stereo programs, that type of factor. It was the factor I looked for in op-shops earlier than they acquired too picked by. I liked these previous televisions that had been formed like a ball and all that plastic moulded 60s and 70s futuristic stuff, as a result of I really feel like there was an actual optimism concerning the future and the potential of know-how then.

And alongside the best way I misplaced a kind of Weltron file gamers that seem like a spaceship. It in all probability didn’t play my data all that effectively, but it surely was the very best dialog starter! I don’t know the place it’s; some fortunate ex-housemate has acquired it. I think about it’s value a fortune and someone’s acquired it. And good luck to them.