by Marie Patane
Actress and singer Pippa Grandison moved from Sydney to the Central Coast five years ago and now calls Terrigal home.
You probably recognise Pippa Grandison from a long list of credits in film, television and musical theatre. Most recently she toured the country playing Judith Durham in Georgy Girl – the Seekers Musical, and will soon be back on our TV screens in the second series of Here Come the Habibs for Channel 9.
HOW DID YOU AND YOUR FAMILY END UP HERE?
We had visited and loved the area, so we took a look and found our little cottage. I lived all over the place in Sydney. I grew up in Perth, so finding where I felt at home in Sydney took some experimenting. The beaches were where I always came to rest. Hence the move to Terrigal. We’ve been here about five years now and haven’t looked back. After having Charlie I found myself in need of putting down roots in a home we could call our own. It had to be near the beach, with a garden and out of the rat race.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING HERE?
The Coast has so much to offer, but if I’m comparing it to Sydney I’d say it’s much more relaxed. There is a village feel about the community that makes you feel welcome and supported. Then there’s the beaches … Sydney’s are beautiful too, but you have to fight to find a spot of sand and avoid the posers!
It’s also a great place to bring up kids. For the reasons I mentioned above and for the wonderful schools.
We’ve made so many friends through Charlie’s school, and she’s thriving there. There are so many activities for her to get involved in within the community, and not just beachy/sporty ones. The creative and cultural scene is well geared for the little ones too.
YOUR HUSBAND STEVE LE MARQUAND IS ALSO AN ACTOR AND YOU’VE MANAGED TO START A BUSINESS IN BETWEEN JOBS! TELL US MORE…
We have a private coaching school called Central Coast Performance and Audition Coaching which is open to all levels of experience. Some people need help breaking down a script or monologue for an audition or HSC drama, others want to learn or hone skills. Some want to break through barriers. It’s a great learning curve for us all actually. We find the one-on-one sessions so rewarding and one of the best ways to really help actors and singers find their truth. Sounds fruity, but it’s true!
And, there are so many talented people on the coast in all areas of the creative arts. It’s very exciting.