Sitting in the darkness of a cinema or the silence of a theatre, audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and be captivated by a performance. And if a show is good enough, rarely do we pause to wonder what might be going on inside the performers’ heads. What’s taking place that we might not be able to see, even from our seats in the front row? In this episode we intend to find out by going backstage, breaking the magician’s code and getting inside the minds of those on stage.
‘That’s Clown’ by Aidan Molins
Mel Brooks once said “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”
By that logic, to be the funniest you can be should require you to be the saddest, most broken down, and tragic you can be too. There’s a famous school in Paris that takes that idea and turns it into a science. All The Best Producer Aidan Molins decided to talk to a couple of graduates to explore whether this brutal method actually works, or if it’s just cruel.
Music: ‘Dry air’ and ‘Bright white’ by Podington Bear
‘Where is the love’ by Wafia and Jack Atherton
Last week the Black Eyed Peas rereleased their old classic “Where is the love”, 13 years after the original came into the world. To give us a glimpse of what the audience does not see, Brisbane solo artist Wafia opens up about how this song impacted her childhood in a post 9/11 world, and what it meant for her relationship with her Syrian heritage.
Music: ‘Breathe In’ by Japanese Wallpaper ft. Wafia, and ‘Where is the love’ by The Black Eyed Peas
‘Chung Ling Soo, The Marvellous Chinese Conjurer’ by Tiger Webb
We all know that Magicians have secrets. That’s the whole deal, right? They know something that we don’t, and no matter how hard we look we are unable to catch them out. In this short dip into the history books, All The Best Producer Tiger Webb looks at one occasion when the truth was staring the audience right in the face – but we chose not to see it.
Music: “Just Another Sucker On The Vine” by Tom Waits.
Executive Producer: Selena Shannon
Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Image by Flickr Creative Commons users Eden, Janine and Jim
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Visit a collection of temporary communities in this week’s episode of All The Best.
Producer Bethany Atkinson-Quinton dives into the world of women’s AFL in her new audio series Her Game. The series unpacks how some people experience their gender in the traditionally hyper-masculine world of Australian Rules Football. Her Game looks at the stories of players, coaches, presidents, supporters and reporters. Featured in this week’s episode of All The Best, we hear from a female coach about her under 12 girls team. Life lessons in personal space, strength, and confidence sown with the seeds of AFL.
Producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Music: Sports! by Young, Tough, Terrible
Twelve hours on the Hell90
On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a genre of local tale exists in the form of “L90 stories”: larger-than-life recounts of overzealous community figures, insane drunken interactions, friendships forged and punches thrown. ATB producers Aidan Molins and Matt Kearns wondered, has the legendary and infamous bus created a community of its own? They grabbed a recorder and took to the bus for 12 hours one Friday to find out.
Producer: Aidan Molins
Supervising producers: Heidi Pett and Selena Shannon
Music: Far Away by Amorph
Living in a university college is often described as the best time of your life. The media on the other hand, usually tells a different story. One of brutal hazing ceremonies, dangerous initiation games and serious mistreatment of women. But what was it really like for the students themselves? How did three people who experienced the same type of community, in their own way, feel about it? We asked three students to paint their own picture of college.
Producer: Selena Shannon
Music: Springtime by Podington Bear
Executive Producer: Heidi Pett
Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins
Presenter: Pip Rasmussen
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons user Stuart Boreham
“While I was listening for what wasn’t being said about the boats that weren’t being talked about, I also begun to pay attention to those that were. Boats that went down in Uganda, Bangladesh, South Korea, in lakes, oceans and rivers. Cruises, tankers, yachts and ferries.”
For centuries, the sea has inspired stories. Songs, sailors tales, mermaid legends. This week on All the Best, we tell stories of the sea that diver deeper.
Jacqueline Breen ended up in Broken Hill, About 1100kms away from the sea side. When she got there, she found some other sea lovers away from the waves. She asks Sean Dooley, editor of Birdlife Australia, how the gulls ended up in Broken Hill, and where they might have gone.
Produced by Jacqueline Breen
While the government maintained silence on the boats of asylum seekers arriving in Australia, and made it harder for information about them to be reported, Rebecca Giggs began to pay attention to the boats that were being talked about. Boats that went down in Uganda, Bangladesh, South Korea, in lakes, oceans and rivers.
This piece was first published by Right Now, as part of their essay series which is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council. You can read more of the series here.
Written and performed by Rebecca Giggs
Edited by Roselina Press
Produced by Heidi Pett
There are some things we take for granted, and sight is definitely one of them. It’s hard to appreciate how incredible it is unless it starts to fade away. For Dane, a 21 year old living on the northern beaches of Sydney this happened gradually but surely. Aidan Molins talked to him about his experience with Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.
Produced by Aidan Molins
Featuring Craig Coventry
Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett
Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon
Image Credit: Chris Betcher
The last mandarin you peeled in the high school library. Sticky date pudding in the oven when you come home after a long time away. Hot fish and chips on a cold blustery day. Bacon sticky with maple syrup on your birthday.
The tastes and smells of food are so entwined with our memories. You might now know how much until you take a spoonful of something, hold it in your mouth, and find yourself falling through time.
This week on All the Best we tell stories of food and memory. A soup that’s travelled through nations and generations. 75 dates and 75 meals around the world. And a really great kids meal – the Fishy Dishy.
The Fishy Dishy
This first story comes from Pip’s boyfriend Luke and his family. They all sat on his mums bed and talked about the time they visited Nambucca Heads, about 5 and half hours north of Sydney. Featuring freak waves with a side of kids meals.
Produced by Pip Rasmussen
Men on the Menu
First dates, especially first dinner dates, can be so nerve-wracking and confronting. Do I have spinach in my teeth? Should I have ordered the spag bol? For Melbourne author Bambi Smyth, a world tour was accompanied by 75 first dates with men from 24 countries, all taste-tested on an 80-day round trip. Bambi gave producer Bec Fary an appetiser from her book, Men on the Menu.
Produced by Bec Fary
All The Best producer Aidan Molins never got to connect with his grandparents, who travelled around the world representing the Republic of Ireland at diplomatic events in places like Luxembourg, Germany, and the United States. However, during her stay in Lagos, Nigeria, one young girl did, who grew up to be an economic advisor in Toronto, and food writer. Due to the internet and a little bit of serendipity, Aidan got in touch with Shayma, and his heritage.
Produced by Aidan Molins