PANOPTICA FESTIVAL PASS
ABOUT THE SHOW
Featuring four international speakers over two nights, PANOPTICA is a coming together of curious minds to explore the full spectrum of the human experience in all its splendour, complexity and contradiction.
Purchase a PANOPTICA Festival Pass and unlock all four conversations over two evenings. Limited availability.
The opening night of PANOPTICA sees talks from clinical psychiatrist Dr Robert Waldinger and Booker Prize-nominated author, Gabriel Krauze. Unravel the secrets from The World’s Longest Study on Happiness with Dr Waldinger. Then join Gabriel Krauze for a conversation on crime, morality, and the enduring power of ‘art’.
Day two dives even deeper with talks from authors Hayley Campbell and Polly Barton. Uncover the hidden death trade as Campbell shares what she has learned about death, dying and what is left behind. Then join Polly Barton as she challenges the silence surrounding porn. A taboo subject often shrouded in discomfort.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ROBERT WALDINGER (US)
THE GOOD LIFE AND HOW TO LIVE IT
For 84 years, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of hundreds of Americans. Now its director and clinical psychiatrist, Robert Waldinger, unravels the secrets of what decades of research have taught us about what the good life truly entails. By blending scientific rigor, traditional wisdom, and real-life stories, he will unveil the surprisingly simple yet profound answer to achieving a fulfilling and meaningful existence
GABRIEL KRAUZE (UK)
CRIME, VIRTUE & ART
Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Gabriel Krauze’s debut novel, Who They Was revealed a London that is rarely viewed. Krauze’s stark portrayal of London’s dark underbelly sparked debates and discussions amongst critics about the glorification of violence and criminality.
HAYLEY CAMPBELL (UK)
ALL THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Author and journalist Hayley Campbell explores the nitty-gritty details of death nobody wants to talk about in her book All the Living and the Dead. Fuelled by a childhood fascination with death, Hayley explores its impact on those who work with it every day. Her personal investigation into the death trade led her to grave diggers, embalmers, mass fatality investigators, and a former executioner, responsible for ending 62 lives.
POLY BARTON (UK)
For writer and literary translator Polly Barton, porn was a source of nebulous, worry and discomfort. It was exactly this silence and discomfort that inspired her to spend a year initiating intimate conversations with 19 acquaintances about everything related to porn. These conversations, documented in her second book Porn: An Oral History, revolve around interpersonal dynamics – shame, embarrassment, jealousy and ethics.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 18+
Contains adult themes
Contains coarse language
Contains sexual references
Contains drug references
Contains simulated violence