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Sweeney Todd at the Opera

From the moment the floodlights cast their light on the stage, the mood darkened as the desolate emptiness set in – bleak and dreary as we were plunged into 18th century London, to hear the tragic story of Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  The operatic production launched in London in the…

Paul Henneberry – a maker of fine ukuleles

Paul Henneberry from Jarrahdale in Western Australia had an inspiration. After attending a ukulele workshop at the Fairbridge Music Festival in Western Australia, he decided to use his woodworking craft skills and his extensive workshop to make his first ukulele. That was in 2014. Upon joining a local ukulele community group, he was encouraged to…

Raise your voice – Emma’s story

“Being an advocate is all about taking action. Some people take action out of passion and I’m very passionate about standing up for people’s rights,” Emma Vardy said as she clasped her hands together and rested back in her chair at the local coffee shop. We sat together on a Friday afternoon in the cool…

We are gay, we are not broken – Gay Conversion Therapy

Today 10 December 2020 marks Human Rights Day and on this day, we examine the insidious act of gay conversion therapy. Administered by many respected religious organisations in first world countries like Australia, this type of therapy has lasting effects on young vulnerable members of the LGBTIQA+ community who are told they are ‘broken’, ‘sinners’,…

A Case for Voluntary Euthanasia

“When a person is diagnosed as terminal, they could be in a lot of pain for a big part of their life. They die gradually. It’ll get to a certain point where they can’t do anything, then they realise their life is not worth living.” John tells me, exchanging a meaningful look with his wife…

Living with Mental Illness

“When something bad happens to you, it gives you an arrow through your heart – if something bad happens to your child, you have a million arrows through your heart.” Fran quotes an important Italian philosopher that she does not recall the name of. She looks up thoughtfully, hands clasped together, as tears begin to…

Topeng Monyet – uncovering the circus

The boy tugged viciously at the chain around the monkey’s neck. It cowered and whimpered in pain. He sniggered and exchanged amused looks with his companion. The children were no more than 10 years old. The monkey nervously touched the chain embedded in its neck. A grotesque doll’s head covered its face, which had the…

Aboriginal Suicide – The Highest Rates in the World

Outliving a child is a reality that no parent should have to face. When it is due to their precious child taking their own life, they will spend the rest of their lives asking ‘why?’This is a sad reality for so many Indigenous families in Western Australia. Too many children are taken far too soon.…

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