Monday, June 7, at 9.30pm on Bio.
As Australian As… is a series of self contained personal television essays in which ten prominent Australians tell the story of the event, incident or experience that made them appreciate what it means to be as Australian as. Through the eyes of these characters we will learn that it’s not all Vegemite, Holden cars and Bondi Beach. Ep 6. Caroline O’Connor – One Woman’s Show. With song and dance, with clips from performances and with disarming honesty Caroline O’Connor, one of our greatest performers, takes us on a journey through her life. She started as a child prodigy…doing traditional Irish dancing. But, as she tells us, this was before Michael Flatley and despite being Australian champion there was no career to be made.
But it was with Irish dancing that one of Caroline’s great love affairs began – with the Sydney Opera House where, as a child, she danced at the gala opening. And in the brilliant career that she has carved out since then – in ballet, in music theatre in London and Australia, in such films as Moulin Rouge and in one woman shows in which Piaf and Judy Garland and Ethel Merman are amongst the stars she brings to mind – the Opera House has been a motif. She has played on all its stages, and even recorded a CD in its recording studio. And standing on its stages she gives us a real insight into what it means to be a performer who always gives her all.