Festival of Dangerous Ideas Satellite Event

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Sydney Opera House in association with
The Ethics Centre & Riverside Theatres present

Festival of Dangerous Ideas Satellite Event

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 03 September 2016

Can’t make it to Sydney? The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is coming to you! 

Sydney Opera House is once again live streaming two 2016 festival highlights, bringing some of the world’s leading thinkers to where you are to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time. 

Beginning with Break a Rule a Day, best-selling author and journalist Lionel Shriver toys with the theory that a rule broken daily is better for your health than an apple. Next Annabel Crabb and David Marr will spark a no doubt hilarious debate in The Government We Deserve? off the back of the July election. 

Both talks will be Auslan signed.


Talk 1: Break a Rule a Day with Lionel Shriver

When you’re on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted “freedom” that is the premise of democracy. Maybe that’s what drives our fascination with film and fiction criminality: we envy renegades. Is breaking a rule a day better than an apple for your health?

Lionel Shriver’s books include the international bestselling We Need to Talk About Kevin as well as Big Brother, New Republic, So Much For That, The Post-Birthday World, Double Fault and Game Control. Her latest book is The Mandibles (2016). She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Independent. Lionel lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

Break a Rule a Day with Lionel Shriver will be followed by a 30 minute break. After this, there will be a Backstage Q&A with A.C. Grayling from 1pm – 1:30pm. Patrons will be able to submit their questions to A.C. prior by following the instructions at Riverside Theatres on the day. Find out more about A.C. Grayling by clicking our “Backstage Q&A” tab.

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification

Dates & Times:
Saturday 3 September 11:30am

All tickets $7.50



Talk 2: The Government We Deserve? with Annabel Crabb and David Marr

What makes us vote for one candidate and not another? Whichever way we vote, politicians say the electorate always gets it right at the ballot box, while cynics argue we get the government we deserve. What does our choice of Prime Minister say about us? Did we get it right this time?

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia’s most popular political commentators, is the presenter of Kitchen Cabinet and writes for The Drum. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television and has appeared on Insiders and as stand-in host for 7.30. She is Australia’s most-followed journalist on Twitter (@annabelcrabb), a platform she uses to share political news and recipes. Annabel is the author of several books, including Rise of the Ruddbot and the 2014 bestseller The Wife Drought.

David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners, presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch and now writes for The Guardian. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson) and five Quarterly Essays: “His Master’s Voice”, “Power Trip”, “Political Animal”, “The Prince” and “Faction Man.”

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, the live panel discussion which was scheduled to follow Talk 2 has been cancelled.

Classification: E – Exempt from Classification

Dates & Times:
Saturday 3 September 1:30am

All tickets $7.50


These talks will be streamed live from Sydney Opera House

Book a ticket to Talk 1: Break a Rule a Day with Lionel Shriver and Talk 2: The Government We Deserve? with Annabel Crabb and David Marr + Panel Discussion for only $10. CLICK HERE TO BOOK THIS OFFER NOW.

About A.C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. His new book, The Age of Genius, was published by Bloomsbury in April 2016. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on The Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Click here to visit A.C. Grayling’s website.

Watch A.C. Grayling’s talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas from last year

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Talk 1: Break a Rule a Day with Lionel Schriver – Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Talk 2: The Government We Deserve? with Annabel Crabb and David Marr + Panel Discussion – Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
There will be a 30 minute break between these talks

Ticket Prices

All tickets (Single talk) $7.50
Both talks $10

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00