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A better future for all

A life of bravery and candour:
Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Alan Cumming

In partnership with HOTA, Home of the Arts, Griffith University's A better future for all series continues with Alan Cumming joining Kerry O’Brien.

In the next interview in the Griffith University series A better future for all, Kerry O’Brien talks to Alan Cumming OBE about everything from his eclectic career spanning screen, stage, and his LGBT activism fighting for the rights of others.

Eclectic doesn’t begin to describe Alan’s body of work. He has performed in concert halls across the globe, including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. On the screen or on stage he’s played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice), the MC in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie – and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of TV’s The Good Wife, for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations.

His five books include the remarkable memoir Not My Father’s Son, in which he charts his triumphant emergence from a brutal and isolating childhood. His humanity, humour and profound emotional intelligence promise to make his conversation with renowned interviewer Kerry O’Brien an event not to be missed. This instalment of Griffith University’s collaboration with HOTA promises to be a standout in an already acclaimed series of conversations.

Alan Cumming

Alan’s diverse career has seen him perform in concert halls across the globe, including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. On the screen and on stage he’s played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in Macbeth, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice), the MC in Cabaret (thrice), a James Bond baddie – and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of TV’s The Good Wife, for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations. He has appeared on Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, topless in Playgirl and naked on the cover of his second album.

With over 40 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism – including an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) from the Queen for his contributions to the Arts and LGBT equality – Alan Cumming has made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut) and the Spice Girls. As an author, he’s published five books to date: Tommy’s Tale (2002), Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir (2014), You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures (2016), and two children’s books: The Adventures of Honey & Leon (2017), and Honey & Leon Take the High Road (2019). His next memoir Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life will be published in October 2021. He’s also a regular contributor to media outlets such as The New York Times, Marie Claire, Newsweek and Harper’s Bazaar.

The details

DATE & TIME

Sunday 4 July 2021

5 – 6.15 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10:00)

PHYSICAL EVENT

Purchase ticket to attend in person at HOTA, Home of the Arts, Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Cost is $26 plus booking fees via HOTA ticketing website.

LIVESTREAM EVENT

No charge.

WARNING
This show may contain adult themes. Attendance is not recommended for patrons under 15 years of age.
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