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5 X 15
Saturday, May 24 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Ticketed: $25/$20
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Colin McDowell, Emma Donoghue, Inua Ellams, Richard Roxburgh, Wesley Enoch, Diana Jenkins (facilitator)
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The international live storytelling sensation 5x15 returns to SWF. Five speakers without scripts have just 15 minutes apiece: Emma Donoghue, best-selling author of Room, confesses she’s mad about women in trousers; the man behind Black T-Shirt Collection, Nigerian poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams, shares his tale of the greatest break-up; incomparable British fashion commentator Colin McDowell looks at how popular culture has made us all fashion folk now; acclaimed theatre-maker Wesley Enoch sets the spotlight on inheritance and the incorrigible Rake himself, Richard Roxburgh, outs Theatre as the ultimate mad mistress. Hosted by Diana Jenkins.

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Change from printed program: Anna Bligh can no longer attend this event. Richard Roxburgh is now participating

Wesley Enoch
Wesley Enoch (Australian)

Wesley Enoch is originally from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) and is a proud Noonuccal Nuugi man. He is the current Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company and a renowned director and writer for the stage. In addition to his work at QTC, his directing credits include productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Playbox Theatre, Company B, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre Company and the Sydney Festival.

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Emma Donoghue (International)

Novelist Emma Donoghue is the author of the bestselling Room, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean) and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes, as well as The Sealed Letter, Landing, Life Mask, Slammerkin, Hood and Stir-fry. Her work also includes four short story collections, plays for stage and radio, and two anthologies that span the 17th to the 20th centuries. This year sees the release of Emma’s eighth novel Frog Music, full of intrigue and murder.

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Inua Ellams (International)

Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright and performer. He has eight published books of poetry and his plays include 13 Fairy Negro Tales and his first play The 14th Tale - a one-man show which he performed -, was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. His third play, Black T-Shirt Collection ran at the National Theatre in 2012. He is working on a new play, Barber Shop Chronicles, a new pamphlet and his first poetry collection.

Supported by the British Council.

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Diana Jenkins (Australian)

Diana Jenkins is a freelance writer. She holds a research PhD in English from UNSW and is news editor for Varuna, the National Writers’ House. Her articles have appeared in The Australian, The Weekend Australian, The Australian Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, WHO, Deluxe Sydney and more. She writes unpublished fiction whenever motherhood allows.

Colin McDowell (International)

Colin McDowell is one of the world's top fashion commentators. Previously a designer, illustrator and publicist, for the last 15 years he has been a fashion writer for The Sunday Times style section. Colin has written 22 books on fashion, including the seminal McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion; Shoes: Fashion and Fantasy]; Hats: Status, Style and Glamour; and Fashion Today. He has also written biographies of, among others, Ralph Lauren, John Galliano and Manolo Blahnik. Colin's latest book is Anatomy of Fashion.

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Richard Roxburgh (Australia)

Award-winning actor Richard Roxburgh has worked on stage and screen around the world. A leading man in theatre, he recently performed opposite Hugo Weaving in a sell-out season of Waiting for Godot for the Sydney Theatre Company. He also played the title role in Uncle Vanya with Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett, touring to Washington and New York. In television his performance in the multi-series Rake has earned him critical acclaim. His film work includes Moulin Rouge, Oscar and Lucinda, The Turning, Mission Impossible II, Sanctum



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