It’s back, by popular demand! Join us for a fresh instalment of our new annual tradition: The Show of the Year.
With a stellar line-up of talent, we’ll hold a mirror to the highlights, lowlights, shocks and surprises of 2014, in storytelling and song.
Planes disappeared and plummeted from the sky. Australia became the first country in the world to repeal a carbon tax. Adam Goodes was Australian of the Year, and Peter Cosgrove became Governor General. We lost Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Japan’s Antarctic whaling program was ruled unscientific. Clive Palmer teamed up with Al Gore. Delta’s bad dancing went viral, and Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom had a punch-up. Ian Thorpe came out. Perennial bachelor George Clooney married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
We marked 100 years since World War I started, and US-Russia relations reached a post-Cold War low. 276 girls and women were abducted from a school in Nigeria. Fighting re-ignited in Gaza. The Ebola virus erupted in west Africa, and the Heartbleed bug threatened internet security. Germany won the World Cup, and Brazil was resoundingly trashed. And it was the UN International Year of Farming and Crystallography.
Host-with-the-most Casey Bennetto will be joined by some of Australia’s favourite entertainers and writers, including Josh Earl, Hannah Kent, Helen Razer, Crikey’s Bernard Keane, Gillian Cosgriff, Karl Kruszelnicki, Zahra Newman, Zoe Daniel, Die Roten Punkte, Lior, Omar Musa and Monica Weightman.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show – delivered in slices of song, stories and slam poetry – as we farewell the year in high style.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney. He is a qualified medical doctor, engineer, physicist and mathematician. This MasterGeek consistently appears on the list of the Top 15 Most Trusted Australians, and was recently named one of Australia’s National Living Treasures.
Zoe Daniel is an ABC journalist and presenter. Zoe was the ABC’s South East Asia correspondent from 2009 to 2013. She provided on-the-ground coverage of stories ranging from major political events to natural disasters. They included the Bangkok protests, the reform process in Myanmar and the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Monica Weightman is a musician and Murri woman. She grew up in Townsville, influenced by her Islander father Ray but with the musical genes of her Scottish-English-Italian mother. Although she never really associated with the large Torres Strait Islander community in Townsville, she said she had more recently been seeking out more of the heritage that so clearly shaped her songs.
Josh Earl is a comedian with a very weird family. His latest show for children is called My Family is Weider Than Your Family. And believe us, he's not lying.
Lior Attar, better known simply as Lior, is an independent Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter based in Melbourne.
A 2008 graduate from the VCA, Zahra was most recently seen onstage in The Government Inspector (Malthouse/Belvoir). Prior to that she appeared in the Australian premiere of The Mountaintop (MTC), The Cherry Orchard (MTC) and Menagerie (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) as part of the inaugural MTC Neon Festival.
Hannah Kent's debut novel, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into twenty-three languages. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Stella Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, will be published in October 2016. She is also the publishing director and editor of Kill Your Darlings journal.
Gillian Cosgriff is a singer, songwriter, pianist and performer.
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. His first book is Here Come the Dogs.
Astrid and Otto are Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots). Orphaned as kids when Astrid was 12 and Otto was 9, the brother and sister duo found shelter in a Berlin squat and never looked back. A Die Roten Punkte gig is a wild, rock‘n’roll cabaret ride, full of hilarious, truly catchy and award-winning pop songs, constantly interrupted by the squabbling of the dysfunctional siblings.
Casey Bennetto is an award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster. He wrote the musical KEATING!, hosts the program Superfluity on Melbourne’s 3RRR, and has appeared in places as diverse as ABCTV’s Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House.
Helen Razer was a broadcaster and is now a writer. Her appointments in radio were at the Triple J national network and ABC Melbourne. Her books include A Short History of Stupid, co-authored with national affairs correspondent Bernard Keane, a 2015 work on the history of bad Western thought shortlisted for the Russell Prize; and Total Propaganda, a popular work on Marxism recently published by Allen & Unwin.
Helen has written on social and political matters for the Age and Australian. She now contributes news and cultural analysis to outlets including Crikey, the Saturday Paper, Daily Review, Frankie, SBS and Atlantic digital publication Quartz.
Bernard has been Crikey’s correspondent in Canberra since 2008; he writes on politics, media and economics.