The Reckoning: The Price Of Covid


While many of us (sorry Melbourne) spent 2020 believing we had escaped the worst of the pandemic, 2021 brought forth the ugly reality of living with the virus. Even as the nation returns to something that feels like normal, beneath the thrill of gigs, gatherings and barista coffee, it’s clear the pandemic has changed the picture for good.

We’ve seen our governments and fellow citizens succeed at some things, fail badly at others, and discovered who ‘essential’ workers really are. After two years of arguing about how to ‘balance’ public health and the economy, what have we actually learned?

Chaired by author and broadcaster Benjamin Law and featuring economist Richard Holden, business leader and CEO Sam Mostyn and youth advocate Yasmin Poole, this talk will explore how the last two years have challenged our health systems, and shown us what went missing as we globalised our economy.

The incomparable Virginia Gay will close the conversation with a monologue from Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano – twice thwarted by COVID outbreaks on its journey to opening night.


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Sydney Town Hall @ 483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000


Reserved Full Price - $25 Reserved Concession - $22 + booking fee


Sydney Festival

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