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John Doyle: The Early Life of Rampaging Roy Slaven

Fri 10 Sep, 6.30pm
Athenaeum Theatre

Due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

As one half of comedy duo Roy and HG, John Doyle has earned cult-like status for his affectionately irreverent parodying of sports commentary. In Blessed: The Breakout Year of Rampaging Roy Slaven, he conjures the humble beginnings of the boy from Lithgow who would achieve unsurpassable—some may say improbable—athletic feats. One of Australia’s finest writers for stage and screen, Doyle chats with Sam Pang about a warm and witty homage to his larger-than-life alter ego.


1 hour


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John Doyle is one of Australia's finest writers for stage and screen. He created the character of Roy Slaven in 1985 for ABC radio station Triple J. Since 1986, Roy has appeared alongside HG Nelson on various television series and the long-running Sunday afternoon radio sports program This Sporting Life on Triple J.

Sam Pang is a radio and TV presenter, comedian and writer. He is a permanent panelist on Channel 10’s hit show Have You Been Paying Attention? and co-hosts Nova100’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny and the Seven Network’s Front Bar.

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