Presented by NORPA and Byron Writers Festival


John Safran, a Paladin dwarf and an ISIS supporter walk into a Catholic Church. Neo-Nazis are on the same side as the Jews. Pauline Hanson denies she was ever against Asian immigration…

Welcome to Australia 2016. If it sounds mad, that’s because it is. And funny. But apparently that’s a dangerous thing now too – as Safran has just found out.

Join us for this entertaining event as Safran reveals his alarming adventures in a weird world of misfits whose extremist views (and behaviour) have helped propel the rise of the alt-right. Welcome to a place in time where blonde-haired, blue-eyed boys grow-up aspiring to be ISIS freedom fighters, an Islamic preacher quotes Monty Python and newly arrived immigrants oppose multiculturalism. Yep, that’s right. It all depends what you mean by extremist…

about john safran

John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World (ABC-TV). Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree (SBS, 2002) and John Safran vs. God (SBS, 2004) won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John Safran’s Race Relations (ABC-TV, 2009) which was nominated for two awards at the prestigious Rose d’Or Festival in Switzerland and Speaking in Tongues (SBS, 2005-06). John also co-hosted Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire.

about Bec mac

Sex, Art & Rock’n’Roll are Bec Mac’s favorite subjects! She has explored these topics as a commentator, provocative performance artist and producer whose work straddles broadcast media, performing arts, visual arts, and photography. This enigmatic, fast thinking, dynamic host never fails to get her story.

Bec Mac is the presenter of 4ZZZ radio’s premiere art show Friday Neon, the legendary live art show LOVE TV, and has just launched her two new web series POPSART and “Sex-Pops”.

Bec Mac is a prolific producer, presenter and artist whose work is a dynamic hybrid of diverse creative forms including Visual Arts, TV and Radio. An innovative thinker, Rebecca has developed a highly successful model of community engagement through partnerships with multiple City Councils and Festivals including The City Of New York. Through this ongoing project, LOVE TV, Rebecca is a curator of cultural conversations working with communities in collective story telling.

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John Safran will be in conversation about his new book Depends What You Mean By Extremist. Copies of his book will be on sale following the event in the Bar (adjoining the theatre).


Adults $30
Concession | Students | NORPA Subscribers $25
Tickets are for allocated (numbered) seating in the theatre.
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