Join hosts Hannah Reilly and Jonny Hawkins for a celebration of humanity's most dangerous pastime: speeches. From public apologies to high profile resignations, pre-prepared breakups and wedding speeches gone awry, ‘I’d Like To Say A Few Words’ is hilarious, heartbreaking and often deeply inappropriate. A rich character study that allows us to be thrown into a new world with each speaker, written and performed by some of Australia's finest, including George Haddad, Ayeesha Ash, Eddie Sharp, Michelle Law, Monica Trapaga and Clementine Ford.

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George Haddad (Australian)

George Haddad

George Haddad is a writer and artist practicing on Gadigal land. His work explores identity and the limitations of language. In 2016 he won the Viva la Novella prize for Populate and Perish and in 2018 he won the Neilma Sidney prize for his short story Kátharsis. George is a doctoral candidate and sessional tutor at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. His new novel Losing Face is published in May.

Eddie Sharp (Australian)

Eddie Sharp

Eddie Sharp is a writer, comedian and broadcaster based in Sydney. He has performed at The Opera House, Sydney Biennale, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Michelle Law (Australian)

Michelle Law

Michelle Law is a writer of print, film and television, and theatre. She wrote the highly-acclaimed play Single Asian Female, and her latest play Top Coat, will be staged at Sydney Theatre Company in 2022. Michelle co-created, co-wrote and starred in the award-winning series Homecoming Queens, the first web series commissioned by SBS. And she has also worked on shows for networks such as Netflix US, ABC, SBS, Fox, Network 10, and Nine. Her first book, Asian Girls are Going Places was published with Hardie Grant in 2022.

Clementine Ford (Australian)

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a writer and broadcaster based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is the bestselling author of Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, which have also been published to great acclaim in the UK and the US. She also presents a popular online advice line called Friday Night Bites. Her most recent book How We Love: Notes on a life was published in 2021. Despite her reputation, she is actually very nice.

Ayeesha Ash (Australian)

Ayeesha Ash

Ayeesha Ash is a proud Māori (Tūhoe, Ngāti Koura) Grenadian woman, born in St. George’s, Grenada and raised in Meanjin. As an interdisciplinary artist, she seeks to spark social consciousness through her work. Ayeesha is a writer, producer, podcast host, director and storyteller and the Artistic Director of critically acclaimed creative arts company, Black Birds. Her latest project with Black Birds is the development of Seen, a television series based on Black Birds’ sold out stage show, Brown Skin Girl.

Monica Trapaga (Australian)

Monica Trapaga

Monica Trapaga’s television credits include regular performances on the Midday Show, Roy and HG’s Club Buggery, all the various 'late night' shows, Good Morning Australia, a six-year stint on Better Homes and Gardens. She was involved in children’s television for over 20 years with Play School, Playhouse Disney and more recently starring in the Sydney Opera House’s production of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and The Boy who was Born With a Moustache. Her true love however is jazz. From her 1985 debut with Ignatius Jones in ’Pardon Me Boys’, to her own very successful award-winning band ‘Monica and the Moochers’. She has performed and recorded with her own Cuban bands, big bands, and various jazz quartets. Her first national tour was with James Morrison, Don Burrows and Bob Bernard and launched her career in the jazz world where she is in her element. Since 2018, Monica has written and hosted The Dinner Set, which airs every Friday night on ABC Jazz. In January 2020, Monica and her band The Guardians of Groove were guests at the Havana International Jazz Festival. Monica has also written and collaged two cookbooks, She’s Leaving Home and A Bite of the Big Apple. These days she is enjoying her role as a Grandma and Jazz Elder, still singing with her favourite musicians ‘The Pocket Trio’, writing, painting, sculpting and gorilla gardening.

Hannah Reilly (Australian)

Hannah Reilly

Hannah Reilly is an award-winning writer, lyricist, director, performer and maker of bold comedic work across multiple mediums. Beginning her television career writing and directing on ABC’s The Chaser, she then went on to co-create the acclaimed ABC comedy-doco series Growing Up Gracefully which was released to critical acclaim and as nominated for Logie Best Newcomer Award. She also co-wrote and directed the musical comedy Yarramadoon: The Musical and cabaret Direct Eye Contact. In 2019 Hannah was the recipient of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission.

Jonny Hawkins (Australian)

Jonny Hawkins

Jonny is an actor, writer and DJ. Their appearances across Film and TV include: Mr. Inbetween, God’s Favourite Idiot, The Other Guy, Les Norton, ABC’s Award Winning Riot, and the TV mini-series Peter Allen: Not The Boy Nextdoor. They also have multiple writing credits including Joy Boy which won Best Film at Melbourne Queer Film Festival and has gone on to screen at Cannes and other international film festivals. Their theatre work includes the acclaimed Maureen Harbinger of Death and the upcoming Can’t fight the Moonlight. Jonny is one of Sydney’s best loved DJs and founder of The Dollar Bin Darlings, who brought a lot of love and kindness through their ‘concept parties’ as the 2019 Sydney Festival Featured DJ; inviting Jenny Leong, Tanya Plibersek and Jane Caro to join them for guest DJ performances and the hugely popular Baby Kweens night.