Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods
Opening Night Gala
Tishani Doshi, Amani Haydar, Eliza Hull, Joelle Taylor, Jazz Money & Lucia Osborne-Crowley
hosted by Julia Zemiro
Inspired by the movement of survivor testimonies informing social change, All About Women’s Opening Night gala will be a celebration of women turning their experiences into power.
In the Drama Theatre | Talks & Ideas
COVID-19 safety information
The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage you to wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained, and please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Box Office team on 02 9250 7777.
Pre-sale and on-sale information
General public on sale - 9am, Thursday 16 December
Insider Member Priority – 9am, Thursday 16 December
General public on sale - 9am, Friday 17 December
Standard tickets from $33 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction Save up to 15% with a festival Multipack | Livestream tickets from $15
|Insider (Save 20% on this performance)||$26.40
|Multipack Buy 3 - 4 events and save 10%||$29.70|
|Multipack Buy 5+ events and save 15%||$28.05|
|Livestream festival pass||$85|
|Babes in arms||$10|
Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times
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Enjoy the full day of talks online with a Festival Pass ($85), or purchase an individual livestream ($15). Purchase here.
The Opening Night gala runs for approximately 90 minutes (no interval)
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Recommended for audiences aged 15+ Content warning: adult themes
Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.
“I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior.”
Moving from silence into speech: a powerful act
All around the world, women have been speaking out, transforming trauma, discrimination and prejudice, disrupting culture, and agitating for change.
The opening night gala celebrates this movement from silence into speech. Writer and poet Tishani Doshi will perform her haunting poem "Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods" through words and dance. In this evening of song, dance, poetry and storytelling, this poem acts as a metaphor for the often empowering public disclosure of sexual assault and also other kinds of trauma, as well as discrimination, shaming, and prejudice. Women are demanding justice.
Hosted by Julia Zemiro, this event features a vocal performance by musician Eliza Hull, illustrated story-telling by Amani Haydar, author of The Mother Wound, poetry from Wiradjuri poet and artist Jazz Money and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Joelle Taylor, and an essay reading from Lucia Osborne-Crowley.
Don't miss this evening honouring the courage of countless women who are transforming our world by telling their stories.
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Joelle Taylor's performance is supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.
Cheat Sheet: Tishani Doshi
When Tishani Doshi speaks, it's hard not to listen. From poetry to journalism, to dance and cricket, Doshi is an artistic powerhouse. Here's everything you need to know about the multi-talented All About Women headliner.
Tishani Doshi is a writer and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati origin born in Madras, India. After studying in America and working in the UK, she returned to India where she became a dancer with choreographer Chandralekha. She also works as a freelance journalist, with work in The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The New Indian Express and The National. Having published several novels and poetry collections, her latest book is God at the Door.
Amani Haydar is an artist, lawyer, mum and advocate for women's health and safety based in Western Sydney. Amani's writing and illustrations have been published in ABC News Online and SBS Life and her self-portrait Insert Headline Here was a finalist in the 2018 Archibald Prize. Amani uses visual art and writing to explore the personal and political dimensions of abuse, loss, identity and resilience.
Eliza Hull is a musical artist, writer, journalist and disability advocate – and a contributor to Growing Up Disabled in Australia. Her podcast series on parenting with a disability, We've Got This, was one of Radio National’s and ABC Life’s most successful series of all time.
Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and former slam champion. She is widely anthologised and the author of 4 full poetry collections and 3 plays. Her latest poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 by Westbourne Press and won the T.S. Eliot Prize. A BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Butch’ featuring poems from C+NTO and presented by Joelle was broadcast in May 2020, and Joelle has recently been commissioned to develop C+NTO into a spoken word theatre show. Joelle regularly performs across the UK and internationally, touring her work to Australia, Finland, Singapore, Spain, Estonia, Brazil and Portugal.
Jazz Money is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on sovereign Gadigal land. Her poetry has been published widely and reimagined as murals, installations, digital interventions and film. Jazz’s poetry has been recognised with the David Unaipon Award, the Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship and a First Nations Emerging Career Award from the Australia Council for the Arts. how to make a basket is her first book.
Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a journalist, essayist, writer, and legal researcher. Her news reporting has appeared in ABC News, Guardian, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Women's Agenda. Her long-form writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Her second book, My Body Keeps Your Secrets, was published in 2021.
French born-Australian, Julia Zemiro is an acting graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (1993).
Arguably best known as the host of the long-running SBS hit TV program RocKwiz, Julia’s success continues in Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery for the ABC, now in its eighth series, which she also co-produces. Her co-hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest (2008-2016) lead to an unprecedented success for SBS.
She has been host for international touring artists such as documentary-maker Louis Theroux, author Bill Bryson, Stephen Fry and medical guru Michael Mosley – Australian Tour 2017. Julia was also the BBC UK choice for the exclusive Australian television interview with Peter Capaldi on his worldwide press tour for Dr Who. She also co-hosted Stargazing Live with Brian Cox for ABC/BBC for 3 years.
Guest TV appearances include QI, Room 101, Agony Aunts, Thank God You’re Here, co-hosting What A Year with Bert Newton, and the title of Australia’s Brainiest TV Star.
As an actor, she recently appeared in the ABC series Fisk alongside Kitty Flanagan and Marty Sheargold.
Other credits include the award winning film An Accidental Soldier, directed by Rachel Ward and the acclaimed television series Conspiracy 365.
She served her two-year stint as the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 2019 and 2020.
Julia is a proud ambassador for Our Watch, the Victorian Actors Benevolent Trust and Together We Can. She is also a proud member of her union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
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Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.
The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.
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Will there be pram parking at kids performances?
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