Interview with Alyce Platt
Alyce Platt played the flighty Amanda
Morrell in Sons and Daughters between 1983
and 1985 - until her very sudden exit from her show.
The interview, below, appeared originally on the Neighbours
website erinsborough.com in 2004, but questions on
Sons and Daughters were put forward from
The beautiful Alyce Platt has been kind enough to share with
us some answers to those in-depth questions you have been wondering
about ever since she left our silver screens a couple of years
ago. Read on to discover her thoughts about her time on Neighbours,
Sons and Daughters and the unique parallels between
the two, and of course of most interest to her loyal and adoring
fans, what Alyce is up to now and the singer/songwriter sensation
she has blossomed into.
Apart from Neighbours, many of our members are also great
Sons and Daughters fans. How did you come to land the
role of Amanda Morrell in Sons and Daughters?
I was first cast as an extra... I was in a swimming pool
scene with Kim Lewis and Stephen Comey... (Jill & Kevin)
How did you feel to find your first scenes involved walking
around the set in nothing but your underwear?!
Your exit from Sons and Daughters in 1985 was very
sudden. Was it your decision to leave the show or were you told
you were being written out?
It was my decision to leave the show. I wanted to pursue a film/theatre/music
Several months after you left Sons and Daughters,
Amanda's storyline was wrapped-up in quite a nasty way when
it transpired that she had died after getting involved with
drugs and had become a prostitute to support her habit. Were
you aware of this 'closure' and if so, how did you feel about
it? Was it related in any way to discussions to try and bring
you back into the show?
Well to be quite honest with you I actually dont remember
the details about the wrap up of my character... that is news
to me... I vaguely remember them trying to entice me back with
all sorts of offers... as far as I can remember Amanda came
back as a ghost or in the woods or something like that...
You were originally paired with Ian Rawlings in Sons
and Daughters (the onscreen romance of Amanda and Wayne);
what was your reaction to discover this was to happen again
on Neighbours? Which relationship did you prefer - the manipulating
Amanda and Wayne or the ever so nice Jen and Philip?
I was delighted to be working with Ian again and I thought
it quite amusing given our past on-screen history
Amanda and Wayne. Being nasty was fun.
Were there any storylines that you'd have liked to tackle
or anything that you wish you hadn't had to do? Did you ever
get chance to suggest storylines?
Sort of... I remember one occasion when I had a meeting
with the writers and found it quite amusing to find things about
my real life included in the storylines.
Was it always your intention to stay for a short period
or would there have been circumstances where you'd have stuck
with the show?
I was only ever going to do it for three months but they kept
asking me back. In the end it was their decision to end Jen.
There really wasnt a lot of scope for my character. I
think I was in-between the age group thing - not really mumsie
and not really twenty...
Were you happy with Jen's happy exit or would you have preferred
that she went with a bang?
I cant remember my exit...
Did you watch Neighbours before joining? Have you seen it
since leaving? What are your opinions of it?
No. And I dont watch it now.
Which of your most famous TV moments do you remember most
fondly - Sale of the Century, Sons and Daughters
or Neighbours? How do the shows compare?
They were all wonderful experiences. And all very different.
I suppose Sale of the Century was the biggest impact
on my life as it was the number one rating show and I was on
it for five years!
What was it like being reunited with people you'd worked
with on Sons and Daughters on Neighbours years
later? Had you kept in touch with any of them between those
periods? Have you kept in contact with anyone since?
Its always nice to work with people you know. I still
keep in touch with Ally Fowler, Kim Lewis, Antonia Murphy and
If asked, would you ever consider a return to Neighbours?
Yes I would.
And now importantly - on to what you are up to now, Alyce.
How did your interest in music develop?
My interest in music began when I learned to play the guitar
when I was eight years old. I wrote my first song when I was
How does it compare playing cover songs to your own music?
Which are your favourite songs to perform?
I love recording my own songs and I love performing them too.
But since last year I put together a cover band called Alyce
Platt In the Flesh - we play mostly Eighties songs and we do
only corporate work and I love it. I am also promoting my album
which is called 'Beautiful Death' and it is available through
Sound Vault records and Sanity Music Stores (here http://www.sanity.com.au/product.asp?intPr...rtistID=181276).
You can go to my website (www.alyceplatt.com)
to get details about where to get it and check out some reviews
Tell us about your new album, 'Beautiful Death'.
How did it develop? 'Beautiful Death' is a collection of songs
which I have written over the past ten years. A couple of years
ago I did a charity concert at the Buddhist centre here in Melbourne's
'Tara' institute with some musicians and we recorded one of
my songs called 'Still The Mind', which was the catalyst for
Which is your favourite song on the album?
Are you planning to tour your album? If so, where can we
catch your performances?
I would love nothing more than to do a tour of Europe with my
I think in fact it would be greatly received and
would do very well in the
festivals... but it is all about money and support more than
anything... Maybe some Neighbours fans might create a following
to demand such a tour... Now that would be cool!
Alyce, thanks so much for your time.
For more info on Alyce and her fantastic new album, 'Beautiful
Death', check out her website www.alyceplatt.com.
To buy 'Beautiful Death' online from Sanity, visit http://www.sanity.com.au/product.asp?intPr...ArtistID=181276.