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The Allusionist Live!

Presented by The Allusionist Podcast

Unfortunately this show is cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Award-winning British podcast The Allusionist is a logophile’s dream.

Ever heard of Toki Pona (said to be ‘the smallest language in the world’) or indefinite hyperbolic numerals (‘zillions, jillions or squillions’)?

Have you questioned Western yogic deployments of ‘namaste’, opening lines on dating apps, or dating systems of the BC, AD and BCE kind?

Producer and host Helen Zaltzman is here for you. A veteran podcaster with the long-running, hugely popular indie podcast Answer Me This!, Zaltzman started making The Allusionist in 2015. In each episode, she rumbles through language with infectious verve and a generous helping of pop culture.

In 2019, Zaltzman returns with a show about taking gender out of language through the power of infotainment – with musical support from Martin Austwick. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words.


My new favourite is The Allusionist, about words and the English language. Episodes are under 20 minutes, and I haven't hit a dud yet.

Margaret Lyons The New York Times.

Zaltzman's enthusiasm for the topics and her guests is what is so appealing about this podcast.


Any podcast involving Helen Zaltzman will always be worth a listen.

The UK Observer

The show is filled with good humor and a great deal of levity to make one of the funniest and most educational podcasts around.

The Guardian

More Info

Helen Zaltzman
Helen Zaltzman is a multiple award-winning podcast host and producer. Her linguistics podcast The Allusionist was the first show created especially for the prestigious Radiotopia network. Answer Me This, the comedy show she co-founded with Olly Mann in 2007, is one of Britain's most successful independent podcasts.

Martin Austwick
Martin Austwick is a podcaster, musician and singer-songwriter, and has released albums as Pale Bird, and songs about science as Dr Martin Austwick. He has performed music live for The Allusionist, 99% Invisible, The Bugle, and the Third Coast International Audio Awards, and contributed music for a number of podcasts. His podcast about every Tom Waits song is called Song by Song.

Allusionist awards:
Smartest podcast award at the British Podcast Awards 2018
Best Education Show at the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2017
Apple Podcasts’ Best New Podcast of 2015



About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.