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Community

A career in sails - 50 years at the Opera House

Peter Tucker started working at the Sydney Opera House 50 years ago, before the building was even complete. Since then, he's worked all across the House, and even met the President and the Queen on the job.

Antidote

Book recommendations for lockdown

Need a book to help you through lockdown? These are the Antidote must-reads from the Opera House team.

Community

5 superb Sydney Opera House hats

Hold onto your hats, we're crowning the best buckets and bonnets that pay tribute to the Opera House. Here are our top five spectacular (impractical) Opera House hats.

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Antidote

Cheat Sheet: Elizabeth Kolbert

Our picks of essential writing from environmentalist, author and Antidote headliner Elizabeth Kolbert.

Antidote

Cheat Sheet: Yanis Varoufakis

Everything you need to know about the influential economist, politician and author Yanis Varoufakis.

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Food

Recipe: Peter Gilmore's cherry jam lamington

Peter Gilmore's lamington recipe is the cherry on the cake of the Bennelong menu and now you can make it at home.

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History

The story of the missing Attenborough Opera House film

A potty-mouth David Attenborough, an upstart Aussie filmmaker, and a controversial movie that wasn't supposed to see the light of day. This is the scandalous story of Autopsy on a Dream.

Building

Sydney Opera House to scale

Whether miniatures on a movie set or a global Minecraft mission, building the Opera House remains a feat of intricacy and ambition. This longform visual story looks at over 50 years of attempts.

Technology

Outlines – Bursting with E-Motion

As lockdown intensifies, artists and institutions alike turn to technology to do what they can’t – enter other people’s lives and living rooms. Ashley Chang looks at how technology and performance are co-existing in the age of digital.

Talks & Ideas

The education conversation Australia has to have

Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg writes on the chasm of inequality that exists in our school system and the systemic issues holding Australian schools back.

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Online puzzle

Trials of Wisdom: A Virtual Escape Room

In this one-of-a-kind online escape room, you need four passwords to earn your freedom. Adventure through the House, solve a series of cryptic puzzles and attempt to #EscapeTheHouse.

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Talks - All About Women

Music as medicine

As we endure a period of collective anxiety and trauma, psychologist Mary Hoang has teamed up with a composer to unpack the therapeutic benefits of music.

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Kids & Families

The kids show making light of the big questions

By using light as an interactive storytelling tool, Zooom is rewriting the rule book when it comes to children's theatre.

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Environment

An octopus’ garden underneath the Opera House

Discover the sea creatures that dwell beneath the harbour in our artificial reef along the Sydney Opera House sea wall.

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Building

Sydney Opera House at rest

This visual story from photographer Daniel Boud offers an eerie but hopeful look inside the sails of Opera House, where it's quiet for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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Renewal

Preserving the Grand Organ

Each of the 10,244 pipes will be cleaned by hand – it’s a tricky job.

Musical Theatre

It’s hip to be scared: The terrifying timeliness of American Psycho

From shrink wrap to stage lights, one of the most controversial stories of the 20th century has proven to be a mainstay in popular culture.

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First Nations

Learning from Country: An Indigenous design perspective

After speaking as part of Antidote panel Resetting the World, Jefa Greenaway writes on why it's more critical than ever than we infuse Indigenous perspectives into our everyday design thinking.

Stage Direction
 

Musical theatre

Stage Direction: Cry-Baby

A camp musical set in the 1950s from cinema’s ‘Pope of Trash’, John Waters’ Cry-Baby has endured as a cult classic. Elfy Scott follows the film's complicated journey from screen to stage.

Musical theatre

Stage Direction: The Phantom of the Opera

Now a pop culture staple, Gaston Leroux's tale of the Phantom has taken countless forms over the years. Melanie Tait looks at the origins of the musical that took over the world.

Theatre

Stage Direction: The Little Prince

In the first of our new series on page-to-stage adaptations, Neha Kale looks at how Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s poignant tale of a young prince lives on in the 21st century.

Cheat Sheets
 

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Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Laura Bates

Why you should know Laura Bates – a global authority on the burgeoning radicalist movements that are indoctrinating boys and men.

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Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Koa Beck

Why you should know Koa Beck – the former Editor in Chief of Jezebel who's trying to upend feminism's status quo.

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Talks & Ideas - All About Women

Cheat Sheet: Isabel Allende

Why you should know Isabel Allende – the “literary legend” whose books have defined a genre and a generation.

When I Was Little
 

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Kids

When I Was Little: Graham Hosking

By day, he investigates insurance claims; by night, he is the genius creator of Sidney Opera Mouse – the little mouse with big dreams. We spoke to English author Graham Hosking about what his big dreams were when he was little.

Kids

When I Was Little: Teeny Tiny Stevies

They may be Teeny Tiny but they’ve made a great big mark on the children’s entertainment world. We spoke to the talented sisters about what it’s like to live your childhood dreams.

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Kids

When I Was Little: The Listies

Australia's favourite kidult comedy duo The Listies are introducing Shakespeare to kids with turbo-charged story-telling and silliness!

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Kids

When I Was Little: Tim McGarry

There's a Sea in My Bedroom director Tim McGarry shares his childhood dreams in our new series chatting with theatre-makers and creatives who bring magic to our stages, and wonder to our little ones.

Side-by-side young and old Lucky Lartey

Kids & Families

When I Was Little: Lucky Lartey

In this edition of When I Was Little, we speak to dance artist Lucky Lartey, star of Infusion, No Movement, No Sound, whose work draws from a rich Ghanan upbringing full of rhythm and dance.

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