Facing demons with Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Courtney talks with the Western Sydney writer, playwright and founder of Sweatshop Literacy Movement, ahead of the opening of his new play, The Demon. They dive deep into his short-lived acting career, his creative journey from novels to plays, and what it means to have his communities represented on the stages of the Opera House. For more Sydney Opera House podcasts, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/podcasts or your favourite podcast platform.
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12. Genre bending with contemporary cellist James Morley22:22Switzerland-based Australian cellist, James Morley, has been described as a “new generation virtuoso.” But over on his website, he describes himself as simply “cellist/improviser/etc” and his Instagram handle is @durrie_butts. That humility really comes through in this episode. While James works largely as a classical soloist and chamber musician, he frequently finds ways to bring cello music into unexpected spaces and genres.
11. Dancing in Digital Dimensions: Next gen choreography with Harrison Hall20:47As a dancer and choreographer, Harrison Hall pushes the boundary of what those artforms mean. Think drones filming dancers in motion capture body suits. Think live performance transposed into video game avatars for people watching on the other side of the world. Think dancers that don't all look like ballerinas.
10. Sacrifice, social media and side hustles with Ashli22:11With a gift for lush, melodic vocals wrapped around irresistibly slinky hooks, emerging singer-songwriter Ashli delivers sparkling, R&B-flavoured pop. Her debut album "Only One" was released last year and in June she'll be performing at the Opera House for Vivid Live. In this episode, Ashli chats with Courtney about: how a pop song is made, her love-hate relationship with social media, how church music and Taylor Swift inspire her, and so much more.
9. Weaving a tapestry with Jazz Money30:57By weaving poetry, film and music, Jazz Money blends themes of bodies, place, Queerness and their First Nations identity into a rich and deeply personal tapestry. Courtney caught up with Jazz to chat about their experience growing up as the weird kid in a small town, how to make poetry more accessible, and their views on everyday poetics.
8. Ziggy Ramo The Storyteller34:31Over the years, Ziggy Ramo has basically made a second home out of the Opera House. Now he's back again to chat about his new album, Sugar Coated Lies, his recent turn as an actor and co-composer in the Australian drama Black Snow, and why he's switching out rapping for folk music.
7. Another one woman show with Liz Kingsman25:06When writer and actor Liz Kingsman created her meta-theatrical parody of the classic contemporary “one woman show”, she perfectly filled a need we didn’t know we had. In this episode, she chats with Courtney about leaving Sydney to find her comedic home in the UK, and the quirks of making satirical theatre that equally tickles and baffles audiences. For more Sydney Opera House podcasts, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/podcasts or your favourite podcast platform.--
6. The symphony of soul with Ngaiire26:27In November 2022 creator, singer, songwriter Ngaiire performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Catching a glimpse of the nerves and excitement, Ngaiire sat with Courtney ahead of the show, sharing all the lessons learned in her career in music, how her life experiences have shaped her art and how this performance had her mum crying tears of joy.For more Sydney Opera House podcasts, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/podcasts or your favourite podcast platform.--
5. Character building with Lily Balatincz and Rahel Romahn32:29In a new Australian run of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus, Lily Balatincz and Rahel Romahn play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Constanze Mozart. Amidst rehearsals, Lily and Rahel talk to Courtney about the life changing experiences that shifted their careers, how they connect with their characters, and what it means to share the stage with legendary actor Michael Sheen. For more Sydney Opera House podcasts, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/podcasts or your favourite podcast platform.--
4. Getting in the mood for love with Rainbow Chan40:40Courtney has a heart to heart with vocalist, producer and interdisciplinary artist Rainbow Chan. They get cosy and chat all about her performance in an ode to Wong Kar-wai’s cinematic masterpiece In the Mood, her artistry, and share stories about love and loss and how to find comfort in times of heartache. For more Sydney Opera House podcasts, visit sydneyoperahouse.com/digital/podcasts or your favourite podcast platform.--