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Bridget, Lilly and Florence Cousens

by Stephanie Williams
Bridget, Lilly and Florence Cousens

This mother and daughter singing trio are set to appear in the upcoming production, Women of Troy.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now? We all grew up in Hobart and we still live in Hobart!

Tell us a little about your work? Lilly (grade 9) and Florence (grade 6) are both students and I am a singing teacher.

Have you always sung? How did you get into it and how does it hold your attention? I have always loved to sing. My parents are musical and that followed through to the rest of the family – we are all musical whether it’s instruments and/or singing. My main love is musical theatre and folk, but I will give anything a go! I have performed in many theatre productions over the years. Some of these include Invidu with The Old Nick Theatre Company, My Fair Lady with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, The Remedy with the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, South Pacific with Gilbert and Sullivan Society. I am a singing teacher and I have owned my own singing school, Island Song Singing School, for 25 years now. I really love what I do. I teach singing from our family home because it allows me to be “Mum” and support people in their singing, song writing and performance.

You’re about to appear with your daughters in Women of Troy this month. Tell me a little about what it means to sing with them. It’s wonderful having the opportunity to perform in a show with them – it is a really empowering experience. Performing with our daughters always keeps me real, true to myself and relaxed. You always know that someone has your back, and we cover each other well if needed (especially if I forget the words, they step in). In Women of Troy, we are encouraged to act our real-life relationships, so we will be acting as mother and daughters. We are absolutely honoured to be a part of Archipelago’s Women of Troy. Directed by Ben Winspear, musical direction by Amanda Hodder and an incredible cast that includes Marta Dusseldorp, Sarah Peirse, Jane Johnson, Angela Mahlatjie and Guy Hooper.

What is the show about? Women of Troy compares old with new. The old script by Euripides’ adapted by Tom Wright and Barrie Kosky, with new score by Katie Noonan and libretto by Behrouz Boochani. The comparison between what women and children experienced in times of ancient war to now – the current situation in our world right now. It is like time standing still. This script is still relevant now, why? Because human behaviour has not changed. A major theme that resonates with us in Women of Troy is the strength of women, both as individuals and in a group. We have some amazingly strong women in our life, our Nan who recently passed, my mother, my sister, aunties, friends. Also, our foremothers who were strong and smart Tasmanian Aboriginal women who have pathed the way here for Lilly, Florence and myself. We will be on stage singing to honour them, to make an impact and to shape a better, more just future.

What do you love doing outside work? Spending time with family, musical theatre, anything musical, going to the beach, playing sport and reading.

Who do you admire? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Favourite podcast or tv show? We don’t have one, although we do enjoy watching quiz shows as a family.

Secret vice? Reality TV…

What are you reading now? Florence is reading The Worlds We Leave Behind by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold. Lilly is currently waiting for her next read. My reading does not get more exciting than uni textbooks.

What gets your goat? Dishonesty and inequality.

What was your first job? Singing teaching. I have also worked a lot in the community service industry.

What are your daily news/social media habits? We watch the SBS News as a family in the evenings.

Your favourite place (in Hobart) for…

Breakfast: Home!

Lunch: Liv Eat Fresh

Dinner: Fish Frenzy

Favourite team? The Blues in AFL, the Roses and Diamonds in Netball and Manchester City in football.

Favourite Hobart secret? We do have a favourite beach that’s beautiful, but we won’t share that…ha ha!

Parting words? Come to Women of Troy!

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