Grappling with an abiding sorrow? Grinding your teeth when that car cuts you off in the street? Searching for that ever-elusive sense of satisfaction and well-being? If Melbourne’s a city that often experiences four seasons in a day, most of its residents face much the same experience internally.
We’re always in the mood for a good discussion at the Wheeler Centre, but let’s face it – an even temperament is hard to find and even harder to achieve. Over three nights we take a digressive exploration through the tempers and moods of modern life. From the electrical signals and balance of chemicals that fire up our brains, to the social pressures and metaphysical entanglements that drive our behaviour, our panels of experts consider depression and rage, contentment and joy.
Ben Pobjie is a writer, comedian and poet with no journalistic qualifications whatsoever. He has a weekly column at Australian news commentary site newmatilda.com, and his writing has appeared in Crikey, The Age and The Punch, among others.
Noni Hazlehurst is one of Australia’s favourite actors and presenters. The much-loved Playschool presenter, Better Homes and Gardens host, and celebrated film, theatre and TV actress has enjoyed a wide-ranging career. The winner of four AFIs (Little Fish, Waiting At The Royal, Fran and Monkey Grip... Read more
Andrew Robb is the Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction. He was elected to the Federal seat of Goldstein in 2004, and has previously served as Federal Director and Campaign Director of the Liberal Party. Andrew has held positions at PBL and the National Farmers Federation, and has been a b... Read more
Dr Nicole Highet is the deputy CEO of beyondblue, the national depression initiative, and deputy chair of the perinatal Guidelines Evaluation Advisory Council, which has informed the development of the current draft perinatal guidelines. In her capacity at beyondblue, Nicole has overseen the beyondb... Read more
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