Revisit a critical moment in Australia’s history with visionary playwright and author Jane Harrison.
About the Event
‘I once read that every country has a seminal issue that they grapple with. I believe colonisation is ours.’
Jane Harrison’s work has captivated audiences globally, earning her international acclaim for plays including Stolen and Rainbow’s End. With an impressive body of work and a deep commitment to promoting and developing First Nations perspectives – including as the Director of the Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival – Harrison has established herself as an essential voice in the Australian cultural landscape.
For Spring Fling, Harrison discusses the work of reimagining the past in her first novel for adult readers, The Visitors – a radical retelling of the events of 26 January 1788 from a First Nations perspective. Based on her play of the same name, which first wowed audiences at Sydney Festival in 2020, The Visitors is now a multi-artform phenomenon, appearing as a novel, a production and an opera.
In a wide-ranging and frank conversation with host Daniel James for Melbourne City Reads, Harrison will discuss the story’s journey across artforms and shed new light on this critical moment from Australia’s past.
This event will open with an operatic performance by soprano Shauntai Sheree, a cast member of Victorian Opera’s The Visitors, and Phoebe Briggs, the production’s Head of Music. The Visitors debuts on 18 October at the Playhouse at Arts Centre Melbourne.
This event is part of the Melbourne City Reads series.
Full Price $15
Tickets for First Nations audience members Free
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Full Price + book $41.50
Concession + book $36.50
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About the Book
The bookseller for this event is Readings.
About Spring Fling
Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.
We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.
Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.
Jane Harrison is descended from the Muruwari people and is an award-winning playwright, author and festival director. Her first play, Stolen, was performed across Australia and internationally for seven years, and her second, Rainbow’s End, won the 2012 Drover Award. Her young adult novel B... Read more
Daniel is an award-winning Yorta Yorta Melbourne based writer and broadcaster. He hosts the Mission on 3RRR and is the winner of the 2018 Horne Prize for his essay Ten More Days. Born in Melbourne and raised on Taungurong country in North East Victoria, Daniel’s work explores notions of empathy, i... Read more
Musical Director Phoebe Briggs worked with Opera Australia from 2002 to 2012, before taking up the role of Head of Music at Victorian Opera in October 2012.
Starting out as a singer songwriter in Inspirational Soul & Gospel, Shauntai has now embarked on a career in the world of opera, classical music, composition and theatre making. She is vocally versatile and has the ability to cross genres seamlessly. A compositional voice. full lyric soprano,... Read more
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