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Play It Safe

Celebrating 50 years of brave creativity at the Sydney Opera House

For five decades the Opera House has stood in defiance of that nervous little voice inside us that tells us to play it safe and keep it simple. 

This special film celebrates our 50th anniversary, encouraging us all to live on the edge of possible, because when we do, extraordinary things can happen.

Starring Tim Minchin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Ziggy Ramo, Zahra Newman - Sydney Theatre Company, John Bell - Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Elma Kris - Bangarra Dance Theatre, Kira Puru, Cathy-Di Zhang - Opera Australia, William Barton, Courtney Act, Jimmy Barnes, Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year Students and Associate Artists, Lucy Guerin dancers, and DirtyFeet dancers.

We hope you love it. And that you join us for another 50 years of defying the urge to play it safe. 

Behind the scenes

Go behind the scenes and see the magic on the set of Play It Safe. See powerhouse director Kim Gehrig in action, while the stars of the film share their stories from the creative chaos to the unforgettable moments. This shoot was nothing short of epic.

Then join songwriter Tim Minchin as he uncovers the stories behind writing Play It Safe.

Making the video

Writing the song


Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin
Director: Kim Gehrig
Executive Music Producer/Arranger: Elliott Wheeler
Cinematographer: Stefan Duscio
Creative Agency: The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song
A Revolver X Somesuch Production

Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs: Brett Weymark OAM
Choreography: Lucy Guerin
Choreography of Bangarra Dance Theatre: Stephen Page
DirtyFeet Rehearsal Assistant: Sarah-Vyne Vassallo

Presented by Sydney Opera House in partnership with Tourism Australia.