Words by Paul Sigar

If you have been following Overheard lately you would have heard about the FOI saga. Here I present a candid account of my side of the story.

Within 24 hours of the University announcing the appointment of Peter Hoj as the new Vice Chancellor students at the University quickly organised a protest. I have not heard of a single student that celebrated this appointment. In fact, in a rare show of unity, student groups across the political spectrum came together to voice their concern and disapproval of the appointment of Peter Hoj.

I am just an…

Words by Lia Devetzidis

“Don’t blame the mirror if it’s your mug that’s crooked”

April 15 -17, 7:30pm
Venue: Little Theatre, UofA North Terrace
Tickets here

After a year of closed doors, empty seats, and dark stages, the lights are finally coming up on the Adelaide University Theatre Guild, with a staged playreading of the classic Russian play The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol.

Under the direction of Alexander Kirk, and with a newly translated script by Kirk and Lilia Nadyrshine, the show promises to burst with vivid characters and biting satire.

Written in 1836 and largely regarded as the finest comedy in the Russian dramatic literary canon, The Government Inspector has endured the…

Words by Emelia Haskey

Illustration by Ivan Bucalo.

The emergence of the “softboi” in the year of our lord 2021 has given me pause to consider if, finally, my comorbid mental illnesses have finally become attractive to men.

As defined by The Guardian, a softboi is “anyone who has any unique or alternative interests that make them feel superior to other people”. My personal definition is anyone who plays guitar in a bad Doors cover band, listens to Radiohead, is unemployed, and enjoys a spot of gaslighting.

They seem to have a penchant for mentally ill women who they can prey on with their façade of gentleness and…

Words by On Dit editors

Regarding On Dit’s April Fool’s joke:

Last Thursday, in trying to keep things light hearted, we dropped a satirical article stating that WoCo (Adelaide University Woman’s Collective) had finally been affiliated to the Adelaide University Union, which led to a Rick Roll. This attempt at dark humour, and a valiant effort to revive late 2000s Internet culture, was a mockery of the Union’s shameful actions in denying WoCo status as a club. However, it missed the mark a little. It failed to make clear that the information was false and thus misled some readers into thinking WoCo had finally been affiliated.

So, yeah. We just wanted…

Words by Tom Wood

The government’s approach to JobSeeker demonstrates nothing less than a contempt of the poor, writes Tom Wood

Illustration by Dean Plesa.

On Friday March 19, on the steps of Parliament House, a broad alliance of the unemployed, students, unionists, migrants, and low-income workers rallied together to say no to the federal government’s latest round of welfare cuts.

The Morrison government has made a big deal with what it describes as a permanent raise to JobSeeker. Welfare recipients on JobSeeker will receive an extra $25 per week from April.

However, they will receive less money overall due to the end of the coronavirus supplement, a top-up payment for more than a million welfare recipients. This decreased from $125 per week to $75…

Word by Ivan Bucalo Jankovic

The Committee grilled uni chiefs this morning about foreign interference in Australian universities

Adelaide Uni Vice-Chancellor Peter Hoj (left) and Deputy VC (Research) Anton Middleberg appeared on livestream this morning.

Adelaide University Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj testified this morning before the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. The committee focused on national security risks affecting the higher education and research sector.

Høj appeared via livestream with Anton Middleberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research).

Committee chair, Senator James Paterson, previously used parliamentary privilege to reveal Høj took a $200,000 bonus during his time as University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor for meeting 16 KPIs (key performance indicators), one which was to boost international student enrolments from China.

Human rights campaigner and UQ student, Drew Pavlou, believes both this financial interest, and Høj’s former…

Words By Ngoc Lan Tran

No trickery, just touch.


Genre: Circus and physical theatre

Presented by: Gravity and other Myths, and Nu Article

Venue: The Boboli, Garden of Unearthly Delights

Length: 1 hour

Featuring the jazzy sonic boom of Nu Article, eight fearless, charismatic, and gravity-defying acrobats from the company of Gravity and Other Myths transcends the ordinary palm-to-palm, nose-to-nose, or cheek-to-cheek, into an awe-inspiring and thought-provoking performance.

I Want to Touch You reminds us of different kinds of touch, but it also shows us how touch is complicated. With a simple flick of a wrist, it can be a…

Words by Jialun Qi

Her authenticity was radiant both within her songs and in between them


Venue: Adelaide Festival Summerhouse

Length: 1 hour

Distinct from your mainstream belly-belching Ariana Grande copycats, Mo’Ju’s voice had a complex timbre. It was at once raspy and smooth, resonant yet whispery, as if she had ingrained subtle post-production effects into her vocal cords. Instead of belching out tunes with jaw-dropping range, she sang like a storyteller.

Her multifaceted voice gave her slow ballads such soulfulness, they needed only a beat to be complete. I could never remember song titles, but I loved all the…

Words by Lia Devetzidis

The epitome of art reflecting life


Venue: Adelaide Festival Centre
Length: 1 hr 5 mins

5/5 stars

The world class Sydney Dance Company and Australian String Quartet (Dale Barltrop, Francesca Hiew, Stephen King, and Michael Dahlenburg) join forces in this deeply evocative and mesmerising spectacle. Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, Impermanence perfectly captures the zeitgeist of 2020; a year where uncertainty was certain and the fragility of our world was exposed. Impermanence is the epitome of art reflecting life.

The show was performance-ready at the beginning of last year, but was postponed due to COVID-19. In the interim, Bonachela and composer…

Words by Naomi Williams


Venue: The Howling Owl (Rhino Room from 16–20 March)
Genre: Comedy and cross-art form
Length: 50 minutes

4/5 stars

The illest is a one-woman monologue by Yasemin Sabuncu about her journey in discovering that she has chronic illnesses — ADHD and endometriosis. She talks about how things just weren’t going well for her, her hardships and how she felt that God wasn’t listening.

The show engaged me from the start, though I was slightly panicked at Yasemin describing the state of mind she was in before her diagnoses — which you might have guessed, wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for…

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