During this time of social distancing and dark theatres, Halifax Presents is checking in with members of our arts community to find out how they are staying creative and managing during the pandemic.
This week we check in with Halifax theatre artist Lara Lewis.
1. How are you staying creative during the pandemic?
When my grandmother had to go live in a care facility I got her old cook book, so a project has been learning how to make her recipes I grew up with.
2. What’s the one thing getting you through?
Continuing my transformation into my grandmother, I’ve been doing lots of crossword puzzles.
3. How are you staying in contact with family and friends who are not in your bubble?
My mom and I have had more-than-usual phone calls, which is nice.
4. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far during the pandemic?
It turns out I don’t mind being alone as long as someone tells me I’m pretty and smart at regular intervals.
5. What do you feel the most grateful for right now?
If I didn’t have an animal with me I would’ve likely lost my mind by now.
6. What is something you are doing now that you don’t normally?
I usually walk everywhere so I don’t tend to go for walks for pleasure, but I’ve been making an effort since the pandemic.
7. What skill have you developed since the pandemic started?
I’ve learned how to brew ginger beer at home.
8. What have you missed the most?
I miss kissing and holding hands with lovers.
9. Your #1 pandemic survival tip.
Invest in a cordless Hitachi magic wand, the one with the cord will make your vagina go numb, and not in a good way.
10. Your biggest indulgence since the pandemic started.
Not being around many people, I’ve been eating more gluten and dairy, unashamed of my farts and beautiful bloated belly.
11. What have you stockpiled?
I’ve been hoarding a lot of oat flour.
12. What have you been reading?
My favourite quarantine reads have been We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson and the graphic novel Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. For non-fiction, I’m working through the Chenoboskion.
13. What have you been watching?
I’m a horror movie nut, so I’ve been attempting to work my way through the Children of the Corn Series, the Hellraiser series, and the filmography of Wes Craven.
14. What have you been listening to?
My favourite podcasts, Teen Creeps, Gaylords of Darkness, and Last Podcast on the Left. For music, lots of Tori Amos, The Mountain Goats, AJJ, and of course, Chromatica.
15. What are you doing for exercise?
I recently finished a 30-day sit up and squat challenge so I’m ready to feel nice and smug.
16. The one thing you haven’t been able to live without?
Long baths and CBD body butter keep me calm.
17. Do-it-yourself haircut or the natural look?
I am a mermaid, my hair doesn’t get cut.
18. Night owl or early riser?
I set a firm rule for myself to be in bed by 12:30 whenever possible to keep from going full nocturnal.
19. Will you be the first out as restrictions are gradually lifted or taking a wait-and-see attitude?
I’ve already spent more days at the beach this summer than I have all year in 2019.
20. What’s the first thing you will do when this is all over?
Personally replace every phallic statue in Halifax with yonic pits.
Meet Lara Lewis
Lara Lewis is a queer theatre babe who dreams of toppling the government and establishing a bisexual agrarian free-love commune in harmony with the Creator. She is a member of Glooscap First Nation and hexes politicians from her north end apartment under waxing moons with her black cat, Lou.
You can follow Lara on Instagram at @lara.j.lewis.