I tackled my second interview for Scenestr magazine a few weeks back and it was published in print in my hometown. The first professional production in Brisbane of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in 86 years is being done by director Michael Beh. A veteran of theatre productions, Beh spoke with passion and thoughtfulness for over twenty minutes and I hope I have done justice to how interesting he was to listen to. A digital copy of the Queensland edition can be found here where the print version of the interview is on Page 44 Scenestr12.jpgand the full version went online here yesterday

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr. is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. With over twenty years of publishing history they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They also publish Scene magazine in print every month focussed mostly on music gigs, festivals, stand-up comics, fashion and interviews with local and international bands. If you’re into music they’re a great read but they do cover all of the arts.

The interviews create more nerves, take more work and prove more rewarding. Doing this work remains a privilege and I hope I prove worthy of it. The Brisbane International Film Festival returns next week and I can’t wait to share some highlights with you.

-Lloyd Marken



  1. I managed to get the magazine link to work, and read it on page 44. Nicely done, Lloyd, though I’m not sure about ‘rearranging’ the text to make it relevant to the modern audience. I saw the play in London, when still at school, and the social commentary worked for me back then,
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I’ll be seeing the play this month and will report back to you. I’m a fairly artsy guy and am not familiar with Uncle Vanya and very little of Chekhov. That seems a shame so I applaud what they’re doing as I think they agree strongly with you, his work remains relevant.

      1. I have only seen that, and The Cherry Orchard. They are plays about ‘manners’ and changing society of course, set in a certain time and place. But they are still relevant, and often staged here in the UK.

  2. If you want to look at Chekhov, try “The Cherry Orchard”! which is his best play and the next place I would go would be his short stories which are quite superb. Chekhov invented the anti-climactic ending, as far as anyone seems to know.

    1. It’s interesting Vinnie, often you seem to prepare and ask about 10 questions but only really use 3 or 4 answers. They seem to be more an editing exercise and all about how you structure them in relation to your end goal. I’m really enjoying it.

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