Performing arts & pop culture
Bent Merriment: Queer Comedy
The word ‘gay’ started out as a synonym for mirth and hilarity – and its modern usage isn’t just a coincidence.
Tom Ballard and Steven Oliver
In this discussion, hear stories from three queer comedians about what they’ve encountered along the way. How did they begin, and how has their comedy developed alongside their sexuality? In which ways does queer comedy operate as a kind of activism? Should it? How are society’s changing values reflected in where the ‘too far’ mark lies?
RRR presenter Geraldine Hickey (Breakfasters), Black Comedy’s Steven Oliver, stand-up comedian Demi Lardner and host Tom Ballard discuss whether whom one bones influences one’s funny bones.
Working with Sound: Richard Fidler
Richard Fidler is the presenter of ABC Radio National’s Conversations with Richard Fidler. In 2016, he co-created Saga Land – a four-part series on the sagas of Iceland – with Kári Gíslason. We talked to him about ancient Viking sagas, the linear nature of radio narration and how making audio features can be like recording…
2 I Need to Format My Memory
As the world reacts to the Trump administration’s new US border policies, Aziz’s situation is as uncertain as ever, with no end in sight. Life on Manus grinds on.
‘When we see someone who is just hurting himself or he is trying to commit suicide, sometimes you just drag yourself away because of not getting the pictures in your head.’Aziz
In this episode, Aziz and Michael start to get to know each other – and Aziz begins to paint a picture for Michael of daily life in the detention centre.
Where is it, and why is it there? What are the conditions really like, and what’s it like to live there with more than 800 other men and no prospect of release?
Back in Melbourne, Michael meets Aziz’s friend John Zammit, a former Manus Island psychologist who shares his experiences of the detention centre, and his recollections of Aziz.
With help from John, and from Aziz’s many messages, Michael pieces together a sense of Aziz’s daily routine, just as order in the camp gets turned upside down …
Warning: This episode of The Messenger mentions suicide and self-harm. If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact one of Australia’s national 24/7 crisis services such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at lifeline.org.au, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.Transcript
Download a PDF transcript of this episode here.Further reading 'What Trump's Executive Order on Immigration Does – and Doesn't Do' by Krishnadev Calamur, Atlantic, accessed 30 January 2017 ‘US could resettle zero refugees from Manus and Nauru and still 'honour' deal’ by Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty, Guardian, accessed 31 January 2017 In this episode Abdul Aziz Muhamat Michael Green John Zammit, former Manus Island psychologist
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes: ’02-07-02’, ‘03-19-02’, ‘03-03-02’ and ‘03-23-02’ by Taylor Deupree and Kenneth Kirschner, ‘Nord’ by Radian, ‘Organ in the Attic Sings the Blues’ by Deadbeat, ‘Iberia Eteria’ by Biosphere, ‘Forskjellige Gode Ting’ and ‘Alt Maste Bli Anorlunda’ by Kim Hiorthøy, ‘Mario Bava Sleeps In a…
Are you a word-loving parent … but your kids are yet to encounter Shakespeare? Let us facilitate an introduction.
The Tempest, rich with themes of illusion, romance and magic, is a great place to start. It’s a story of power, conspiracy, revenge and sacrifice. It’s also a tale of trust and responsibility; of forgiveness and love; of human spirit…
Footy Fan Club
Here’s a free kick for the school holidays: a morning of footy talk and fun at the Wheeler Centre.
Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes are writers, broadcasters and mad football fans. They’re two voices from the cult Outer Sanctum Aussie Rules podcast and the authors of a new book for kids, The Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017…
Is your kid the weird and wonderful kind? The kind who loves magic, make-believe and flights of fancy? At the Wheeler Centre next school holidays, we’ll show them a world where you can row boats through the sky.
Dreamer is a production by Dream Puppets, one of Australia’s most celebrated puppetry theatre companies. Dreamer is also the name of the…
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