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life: a survival guide

Christine Jackman & Mary Hoang

Life is messy - especially during a pandemic. How do we survive? Our expert panellists are here to help us build a toolbox for mental wellbeing and a stronger, calmer life.

Hosted by Linda Marigliano. 

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Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • Please bring and wear a mask. Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times while inside our foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Children 12 years and under are exempt.
  • 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, always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances, including the digital check in of every person for contact tracing purposes. 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.

“It’s an amazing time to reflect, consider what you’re letting go of, what you need to process, and what really matters now.”

Mary Hoang

Radical tips for finding peace among global upheaval

Coronavirus’s "new normal" has presented us with a great mental health challenge. How to cope with danger, doomscrolling, restrictions and constant uncertainty? 

Mary Hoang, psychologist, founder of The Indigo Project and author of Darkness is Golden, turned to art and music to gain comfort, meaning, and a deeper understanding after the death of her father. Journalist Christine Jackman charted her journey to manage the stress of a high-pressure job in her book Turning Down the Noise, a personal account of how silent contemplation practices helped her find peace in just being still. 

Join these two curious and practical writers for real-life tips and insights into finding strength in times of hardship.

Music as medicine

2020 was a year of collective grief, sadness and anxiety for so many. Psychologist Mary Hoang found respite in music, leading her to teaming up with a composer to truly understand the therapeutic benefits of music.

More about...

Mary Hoang is an entrepreneur, artist and the head psychologist and founder of The Indigo Project, Australia’s largest and most progressive psychology practice. Since 2009, she has been a leader in the humanisation and transformation of the mental health industry. After her father’s death, Mary turned to art and writing to explore the darker aspects of life, and found insight, meaning and purpose. The immersive artworks she produced informed groundbreaking research by the University of Melbourne. She explores aspects of these experiences in her book, Darkness is Golden.

Christine Jackman began her career as a journalist with The Courier-Mail in Brisbane, Australia, in 1993. She has worked in New York as a foreign correspondent for NewsCorp, in the Canberra press gallery and as the social issues writer for The Australian. After several years as an award-winning staff writer for The Weekend Australian Magazine, Christine embraced freelance journalism, with features published in Good Weekend, Vogue and The Australian Women's Weekly. Turning Down The Noise: The Quiet Power of Silence in a Busy World was published in 2020.

Linda Marigliano is the warm commanding ear, who makes you feel like you’ve joined a flowing conversation with a best-friend. From ten years at triple j, most recently as host of Mornings, Linda has since regularly hosted the likes of Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival, New Year’s Eve LIVE from the Sydney Opera House, and The Set on ABC. In January, Linda launched her Tough Love podcast, audio-journaling life’s toughest lessons in real-time as she navigates the challenges women face together but generally experience alone.  

There's so much more...

more than a woman
caitlin moran
Ten years since Caitlin Moran's blockbuster memoir How To Be A Woman, she's juggling ageing parents, teenage daughters, and a bigger bum. How is one of our best-loved feminists finding her forties? Find out at All About Women.
the soul of a woman
isabel allende
Join Isabel Allende, prolific writer and lifelong feminist at All About Women, as she maps the movement across continents, cultures, and centuries. What incredible things have we achieved, and what must we keep fighting for?
sex work & feminism
tilly lawless, jules kim & chantell martin
Sex workers are tired of being spoken for. You're invited to listen to these voices from the sex worker community and consider why feminism needs to develop a more nuanced view of the oldest profession at All About Women.

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.

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. 

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