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The Full Catastrophe

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If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. At The Full Catastrophe, our event based on the podcast of the same name, we’ll do a bit of both, as writers, comedians, politicians and performers publicly divulge the most excruciating and hilarious events of their lives.

Leave your judgement at the door for this storytelling-slash-therapy session, hosted by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah Macdonald. Nightmare job interviews, agonising family reunions, torturous dates, stories of public humiliation and epic despair – we’ll share them, we’ll hear them and we’ll kumbaya the hell out of them together.

Swing by the Wheeler Centre for an evening of catastrophe, cry-laughing and catharsis.

Featuring

Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia’s most respected researchers on social and consumer trends, and head of research at Essential Media. She is the author of Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People.

Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald is a broadcaster, writer and facilitator. She currently presents Weekend Nightlife on ABC radio for insomniacs and night owls. Her bestselling book Holy Cow has sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into several languages. ... Read more

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followe... Read more

Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr is a presenter and broadcaster working across print, radio and television. Libbi is currently a guest reporter for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30, and hosts ABC Radio Melbourne’s Sundays program. She is known for her iconic comedy creation Elle McFeast in the ‘90s a... Read more

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, journalist and broadcaster. Sami’s comedy has won the Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best Comedy at 2016 Fringe World. He’s performed multiple sold-out runs at comedy festivals across Australia, as well... Read more

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au–Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller, and the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Feminist Writers Festival. She is a former Daily Life columnist, and has been featured in publications including Rookie, frankie, the Lifted Brow and Kill Your Da... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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