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Is Theatre ‘Safe’ or is it Art

Is Theatre ‘Safe’ or is it Art

By Brendan Paholski

As a regular theatre-goer, I might be forgiven for feeling a little unease when attending a recent production of Richard 3 by the Bell Shakespeare Company.

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Suzi

Suzi

By Kendal Orr

It was a Friday night from memory and I recall just how vivid and clear the night skies of Alice were. The immense space of the desert used to open me up and diminish me all at the same time.

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Fluttering with Fear

Fluttering with Fear

by Scout Micallef

‘Are you sure we should still go to the zoo today?’ a friend asked, obviously hoping that I’d decline and opt for a movie day indoors, where we would be warm, drinking hot chocolate in front of the television. ‘Of course,’ I replied stupefied,

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Are you seeing what I’m seeing?

Are you seeing what I’m seeing?

By Katrina Taylor

In 2013 my husband and I visited ‘Monet’s Garden’ when it was on exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria [NGV], Melbourne. As both an art enthusiast and artist I couldn’t wait to attend my first major exhibition.

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The Wrong Pill

The Wrong Pill

By Bec Vandyk

My face is covered in ash, and I am almost crying with elation. My heart feels like it may burst. The steam train has just pulled out of the station, and my mind’s eye is full of the images of the glorious girth of the massive cylindrical steam chambers,

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Friend or Foe

By Ali Pearce

“Oh hello Blindness, guess you’re hear to stay so are you friend or foe? Right now I am sceptical as I don’t know you well and like anyone one meets, one needs to assess.

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Matrix and the World have similar views

By Carly Buchanan

Rene Descartes and the movie The Matrix both have very similar views on the world. Descartes in his Meditations goes through his method of doubt in which he lets go of all the thoughts and beliefs he had previously accepted as false and true (Descartes, Meditation 1).

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Guts

By Cecelia Devlin.

What can sickness mean?

Two days ago, I went to bed with the imprint of a status from a friend on my eyelids. “Trapped underneath Martin Place,” it read. “I am safe, but just in case…I love you all”.

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Dear disability

By Tansy Bradshaw

Dear Disability,

We need to talk.

I just want to say , the past 28 years I have been a part of this relationship has been far too long. I have no wish to be married to you.

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My Journey to Baghdad, Iraq

My Journey to Baghdad, Iraq

By Gordon Traill

September 11 2001 is a day that is indelibly etched in my memory , for two reasons. The first was watching the tragedy unfold before my eyes of the Twin Towers coming down and the terrible loss of life. The second was a comment I made to my wife Shona. “If it can happen there,  it can happen here”.

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If You Let Me

By Cherise Oosthuizen

No one ever said I was nothing. Not in so many words, anyway. But I could feel it in their stares, in their judgements, in the way they held themselves, so strong, so true.

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The Prez

By Simon J. Green

There’s a boxing gym in Melbourne’s north suburb of Coburg. It’s discreet, looking like a scout hall tucked into a quiet suburban sprawl. Inside, the chipped brick walls, worn floorboards and Swiss cheese plaster ceiling are caked in twenty years of boxers’ sweat.

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