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The Soul of a Woman

Isabel Allende

Join Isabel Allende, prolific writer and lifelong feminist, as she maps the movement across continents, cultures, and centuries. What incredible things have we achieved, and what must we keep fighting for?

Please note, Isabel Allende will be appearing live via video link. 

In the Joan Sutherland Theatre & Livestreamed |  View Seat Map | Talks & Ideas

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“I have been a feminist since before the word was invented.”

Isabel Allende

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A personal journey with one of our greatest writers

As a writer, Isabel Allende's books centre female experience in all its joy and hardship. And at 78, the legendary Chilean has seen first-hand what feminism has accomplished in her lifetime. As a child, she watched her single mother navigate prejudice while providing for three small children. As a young woman coming of age in the late 1960s, she rode the second wave of feminism. And over the course of three marriages, she saw the ongoing injustices endured by women, the rampant double standards in relationships, and the rewards of embracing one's sexuality. Join this writer at the peak of her powers, as she shares personal insights about the feminist movement as it has changed and evolved, and considers how much further we all still have to go.

Please note, Isabel Allende will be appearing live via video link. 

Cheat Sheet: Isabel Allende

All the essential information to get to know Chilean 'The House of the Spirits' author Isabel Allende, the longtime literary maven and your All About Women 2021 headliner.

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Venue Information

Our venues are currently operating at reduced capacity (75%) with a minimum of one empty seat between groups along a row.

Tickets for All About Women are being sold in a single seat chequerboard pattern with every other seat remaining vacant. 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.

Please help us to maintain safety by wearing your mask at all times inside the venue, remaining in your allocated seat and facing the stage. Please be aware that guests seated in your row may need to walk past you to get to their seat.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

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  • 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. 

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