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Grabbing the Limelight


Despite all the corporate weasel words about leadership, during the election campaign we were glued to our tellies longing for a glimpse of a fully-fledged leader in action. Did either party deliver? What is a leader? What are we hoping for?

Hannie Rayson argues that both Tony and Julia could learn from the theatre, if only to improve their leadership styles.

“Those who try to lead the people can only do so by following the mob.”
Oscar Wilde on the 2010 Australian election.

Lunchbox/Soapbox is a simple idea; an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, in the middle of the day. A weekly piece of polemic for lunching folk to chew on. BYO lunch.



Hannie Rayson

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter best known for Hotel Sorrento. Hannie Rayson has established a reputation for topical, complex dramas written with wit and insight. A graduate of Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts, she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from L... Read more


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