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Podcast episodeCover image for of The Show of the Year 2016, Part Two

The Show of the Year 2016, Part Two  /  Performing arts & pop culture

The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Join us for part two of the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year – celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights.

Benson Saulo — Photo: Jon Tjhia

What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a tree while playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery. And Brangelina was reduced to its component parts. What else? England voted for Boaty McBoatface … then Brexit. Brazil impeached its president. Ceasefire attempts failed in Syria and we were rocked by attacks in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Baghdad. This was the year the United States elected Donald Trump. It was also the year we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Leonard Cohen and Prince. 

Closer to home, Turnbull was returned (only just) as Prime Minister. Our census was a mess, but Chloe Esposito triumphed in the modern pentathlon at Rio and the Western Bulldogs won the AFL Grand Final. We were the crowd favourites at Eurovision and we fell in love with Matilda all over again with Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical.

Your host for the Show of the Year is silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. For the second half of the year, he's joined by Benson Saulo, Geraldine Hickey, Tim Flannery, Cal Wilson and Danny McGinlay – tackling Indigenous leadership, Leonard Cohen's death, Donald Trump, the Western Bulldogs' win, climate and #censusfail.

Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song.

Listen to part one   Podcast episode The Show of the Year 2016, Part One  /  Performing arts & pop culture

Geraldine Hickey takes the pulse of the nation — Photo: Jon Tjhia

Danny McGinlay celebrates some big wins of the year — Photo: Jon Tjhia

Casey Bennetto sings us home — Photo: Jon Tjhia

 
Podcast episodeCover image for of The Show of the Year 2016, Part One

The Show of the Year 2016, Part One  /  Performing arts & pop culture

The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Join us for part one of the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year – celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights.

What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a tree while playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery. And Brangelina was reduced to its component parts. What else? England voted for Boaty McBoatface … then Brexit. Brazil impeached its president. Ceasefire attempts failed in Syria and we were rocked by attacks in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Baghdad. This was the year the United States elected Donald Trump. It was also the year we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Leonard Cohen and Prince. 

Nkechi Anele performs 'Purple Rain' — Photo: Emily Sexton

Closer to home, Turnbull was returned (only just) as Prime Minister. Our census was a mess, but Chloe Esposito triumphed in the modern pentathlon at Rio and the Western Bulldogs won the AFL Grand Final. We were the crowd favourites at Eurovision and we fell in love with Matilda all over again with Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical.

Your host for the Show of the Year is silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. For the first half of the year, he's joined by Geraldine Quinn, Shireen Morris, Jennifer Byrne, Tom Ballard, Nkechi Anele, Osamah Sami and Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier. They tackle events including the deaths of Prince and Harper Lee, Boaty McBoatface and Brexit.

Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song.

Listen to part two   Podcast episode The Show of the Year 2016, Part Two  /  Performing arts & pop culture

Jennifer Byrne pays tribute to Harper Lee — Photo: Emily Sexton

Tom Ballard on Boaty McBoatface — Photo: Jon Tjhia

Osamah Sami on the Logies, political correctness and Arab greetings — Photo: Jon Tjhia

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Portrait of Casey Bennetto

Casey Bennetto  /  Music

Born in 1969, Bennetto spent his formative years amongst the fragrant meadows and blossoming malls of Greensborough, Melbourne.

He made his way to university, procured a BA and worked variously as a proofreader, a copywriter, an IT specialist and as the lead singer in the band Skin, which garnered national commercial airplay for their 1994 EP, Waking Up With You.

As part of the ‘Drowsy Drivers’ project, in 2004 Casey wrote a musical-theatre biography of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, KEATING!

The show won the 2007 Helpmann award for Best Musical.

In late 2008, Casey premiered a new project as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival: A Largely Fanciful History Of The Spiegeltent, in which he also starred.

During the last few years, Casey has also served as dramaturge on Eddie’s Shane Warne: The Musical as well as making contributions to Company B’s The Adventures Of Snugglepot And Cuddlepie and Die Roten Punkte’s Super Musikant (and upcoming Kunst Rock).

Recently, he has contributed writing to a forthcoming major film release, appeared as the narrator in the workshop version of Tripod Vs The Dragon, and written and performed a piece to close the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas gala at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Casey has also hosted a regular show on 3CR, worked extensively for PBS-FM, made regular on-air appearances and contributions on 3RRR and made several appearances on 3LO.

He has made a number of appearances on ABCTV’s Spicks And Specks and its Sunday Arts coverage.

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