Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

Why Speeches Matter By Rosalind Moran At one point during the Canberra Writers Festival event ‘Why Speeches Matter: Lucinda Holdforth in conversation with Charlotte Wood’, Holdforth broke off from her conversation with Wood and addressed the audience. “I don’t know how many Canberra bureaucrats are here who are across the dark arts of speechwriting…?” A confronting moment for yours truly. From the shadows of the … Continue reading Why Speeches Matter – a Canberra Writers Festival event

Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance

Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance By Rosalind Moran Canberra had not seen a production of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis in over 50 years. This month, however, all of that changed. The Street Theatre has just wrapped up its run of Metamorphosis, an ambitious piece of theatre adapted by Steven Berkoff from Franz Kafka’s novella. Directed by Adam Broinowski, … Continue reading Metamorphosis and A Night in the Arms of Kafka: many limbs, much brilliance

Meaty Matters – and our insistence on having beef with vegans

By Rosalind Moran What gets us so riled up about diet and veganism? I have often pondered this question, particularly since my mother mastered tragicomedy with the phrase “If you loved me, you’d eat this lasagna.” Discord based on diet is commonplace in contemporary Australia, not least due to divisive rhetoric that paints vegans as terrorists and farmers as wilfully ignorant of the ethical, health … Continue reading Meaty Matters – and our insistence on having beef with vegans

A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

By Rosalind Moran You’d be right in thinking this play’s name sounds familiar. Lucas Hnath’s 2017 Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part 2, is effectively a sequel to Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century masterpiece, A Doll’s House. To understand the full context of A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s worth looking at its prequel. Following its world premiere in 1879, A Doll’s House became … Continue reading A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

By Rosalind Moran Bruce has come a long way. The star of the eponymous lo-fi puppetry show is quite literally a block of yellow foam, carved from a mattress the show’s creators found by the side of a road. A beautiful example of ‘trash puppetry’. A bizarre, but fortuitous, meeting. I’m delighted to confirm that BRUCE is every bit as zany and fun as its … Continue reading BRUCE: the one-puppet show that turned a foam mattress into a star

Absences and presences: appreciating the power of the cartoon

By Rosalind Moran Cartoons are well-loved for their ability to capture moments in history, shine a light on the quirks and contradictions within us and around us, and puncture the spin of politics. Besides, some mornings one just needs a visual gag to offset the stress which comes of reading the headlines. Inked: Australian Cartoons is a chronological exploration of cartooning in Australia, from the … Continue reading Absences and presences: appreciating the power of the cartoon