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Performance Anxiety: Sydney


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Pounding heart, shaking hands – it’s not just ordinary people who soak with sweat at the prospect of a public appearance. The list of famous figures who have suffered from crippling nerves includes Rafael Nadal, Barbra Streisand and even Mahatma Gandhi.

At this conversation, hosted by Kate Jinx, we’ll talk about the phenomenon of performance anxiety and what it reveals about the chasm between our interior and exterior selves. Prefaced by a reading on nerves by actor Gareth Davies, musician Tim Rogers and actor Claudia Karvan will share stories of pre-show and mid-scene tears and tremors; dread and despair; panic … and puke.

Can stage fright be a source of strength? Do all of us – even non-performers – lead double lives? And how do top performers pull themselves together backstage before they break out in cold sweats and involuntary jazz-hands?

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, Sydney Writers’ Festival and Belvoir.


Claudia Karvan

Claudia Karvan is one of Australia’s most respected and acclaimed film and television actors. She was most recently seen on the ABC series Newton’s Law.  She also appeared in the ABC series Jack Irish alongside Guy Pearce, Network Ten’s Puberty Blues, and The Time of Our Lives for the A... Read more

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers is one of Australia’s most enduring and respected rock icons. Tim is the frontman singer and lyricist for the legendary Australian rock bands You Am I and The Temperance Union.  Tim’s songs pay homage to his love of women, his child and life in all its weird and wonderful in... Read more

Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies is an actor and playwright based in Sydney. He has written and performed for the Black Lung Theatre (of which he’s a member), Belvoir St Theatre, the Malthouse and many more. Gareth’s theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard (Melbourne Theatre Company); The Government Inspector (... Read more

Kate Jinx

Kate Jinx is a film curator, writer and broadcaster (mostly). She is a features & talks programmer at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), director of programming at Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema, and regularly appears in print and on TV talking about arts & words. She is the co... Read more


Belvoir St Theatre

25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

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