Pounding heart, shaking hands – it’s not just ordinary people who soak with sweat at the prospect of a public appearance. The list of famous figures who have suffered from crippling nerves includes Rafael Nadal, Barbra Streisand and even Mahatma Gandhi. At this event, Australian rock legend and author Tim Rogers and host Kate Jinx lead a conversation about the phenomenon of performance anxiety and what it reveals about the chasm between our interior and exterior selves. Our guests will share stories of pre-show and mid-game tears and tremors; dread and despair; panic … and puke.

Can stage fright be a source of strength? Do all of us – even non-performers – lead double lives? And how do top performers pull themselves together backstage before they break out in cold sweats?

Monday Conversations: Each month, join us at Belvoir for a focussed exploration of one idea. The evening will open with a performance or reading inspired by the topic.

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre and Belvoir.

Tim Rogers (Australian )

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Tim Rogers is best known as the songwriter and front man of the hugely popular rock band You Am I, which produces platinum-selling albums with record sales of almost 1 million worldwide, and is the recipient of ten ARIA awards. He also regularly performs and records solo, and with several other bands. Tim is also a stage and film actor, a composer for the theatre and a regular compere and/or guest on Australian television. You Am I's second studio album, Hi Fi Way, appeared in the eighth position in the book 100 Best Australian Albums (October 2010). Their third album, Hourly, Daily was listed at number 55. The same two releases were also voted into the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time list compiled by Australian youth radio station, Triple J, in 2011. Fourteen of their songs have been placed on the related annual Hottest 100 lists. He lives in Melbourne.

Kate Jinx (Australian )

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Kate Jinx is a writer, broadcaster and film curator (mostly). She is the Director of Programming at Golden Age Cinema in Sydney, and appears regularly on ABC TV’s arts and culture programs The Mix and The Critics. Jinx is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW in cinema and cultural history, and has presented performance lectures about important topics like evil cats and teen witches at contemporary art institutions that are really far too reputable for that kind of thing.