Skip Links

Such a Fun Age: Race, Class and Privilege

Kiley Reid


Join Kiley Reid, author of 2020's bestseller Such a Fun Age, for a wide-ranging discussion of some of the biggest issues of our times.
Hosted by Jan Fran.
In the Joan Sutherland Theatre | View Seat Map | Talks & Ideas
Please note, Kiley Reid will be appearing via video with host Jan Fran on stage.

Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • We strongly recommend that patrons over the age of 12 wear a face mask while attending a performance inside one of our venues.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage. 
  • Within venues, please adhere to our spaced seating plans and always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

“One of the most buzzed-about books of 2020 – and for good reason . . . Brilliant at capturing relationships, as well as the obliviousness of white privilege. Smart, punchy, well-paced and with an irresistible twist.”



Race. Class. Identity. Internet Culture. What could possibly go wrong?

It's rare that a debut novel makes the sort of impact as Kiley Reid's Such a Fun Age, which has quickly become one of the most talked-about books of the year. But it's also rare that a novel so perfectly encapsulates the big themes of our times. Expect a dynamic exploration of racism in all its forms, from the overt to the subtly hypocritical. When do allies become exploiters, why is class so often overlooked in critiques of injustice, and how can we navigate difficult conversations about social structures when so much of this discourse takes place online? Be part of an unmissible conversation with an author who understands that life is rarely black and white. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about Kiley Reid...

Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. Reid lives in Philadelphia. Such a Fun Age is her debut novel and was longlisted for The Booker Prize in 2020. 

More about Jan Fran...

Jan Fran is an Australian Walkley-winning journalist, TV Presenter and internet commentator. She is best known for hosting The Feed on SBSVICELAND, Medicine or Myth on SBS, The Project on Network Ten and the podcasts, The Pineapple Project, Sexism and the City and The Few Who Do. She is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, which earned Jan a 2019 Walkley award for Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion and Critique. Jan has shot and produced documentaries from all over the world for TV networks and brands and has appeared as a commentator on Q&A, ABC Breakfast, Paul Murray Live, Studio 10, The Latest, The Today Show, Insiders, The Drum and Triple J’s Hack.

Experience the festival online 

This year you will have the option to purchase digital tickets to experience the festival online. More information to be released soon. 

Sign up to stay in the loop

Venue Information

In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets to this event will be sold in a single seat pattern. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date.

An example of COVID safe seating (single seats) with physical distancing

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Safety Measures

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

More from ANTIDOTE

Reasons to be Cheerful
Rutger Bregman & Jess Scully
A cynical view sees humanity as bad by nature. But what if we're not selfish, but instead inherently good, hopeful, and kind? Could this understanding change everything? Find out at Antidote.
The End of America?
Jill Lepore & Damien Cave
Presidential elections are pivotal in US politics and culture, but 2020 has taken this to the next level. In this radically changing landscape, could we be entering a new world order?
Make a Mini Garden
Get creative with plant life and bring a touch of nature to your home with this fun, hands-on and interactive workshop taught by Rachel Gleeson of Ivy Alley nursery at Antidote.

Make your gift

Your gift opens the Opera House to everyone in the community.

Give now