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The Show of the Year 2016


Event Date: 7 December 2016
Author / Presenters: Shireen Morris

The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Once again, the Wheeler Centre is celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights at our annual Show of the Year.

What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a tree while playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery. And Brangelina was reduced to its component parts.

What else? England voted for Boaty McBoatface … then Brexit. Brazil impeached its president. Ceasefire attempts failed in Syria and we were rocked by attacks in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Baghdad. This was also the year we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee and Prince.

Closer to home, Turnbull was returned (only just) as Prime Minister. And Pauline Hanson made a comeback. Our census was a mess, but Chloe Esposito triumphed in the modern pentathlon at the Rio Olympics and we fell in love with Matilda all over again in Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical.

The Show of the Year will once again be hosted by silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song.

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