The Wheeler Centre
View all episodes in this series
Unaccustomed as I am...
‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen…’, ‘I have a dream‘, ‘Well may we say “God Save the Queen”…’, ‘Frankly my dear…’ Speechmaking isn’t all 21st birthday toasts and sporting triumphalism. From great oratory to political grandstanding, eight local writers and performers read their favourite speeches from history, cinema and literature. Hosted by Sophie Black with Tony Birch, Julian Burnside, Noni Hazlehurst, Lisa Gorton, Sam Pang, Sonya Hartnett and Dave Graney.
Introduction by Sophie Black
The Gettysburg Address (Abraham Lincoln) read by Julian Burnside
Excerpt from Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) read by Sonya Hartnett
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf) read by Lisa Gorton
Excerpt from Notting Hill (character Anna Scott’s speech) read by Sam Pang
Letters from two Aboriginal women, read by Tony Birch
Excerpt from My Discovery of America (Vladimir Mayakovsky) read by Dave Graney