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What made you ask this question? Why does it matter to you? Why should others care about it?

What's more important: answers, or questions? Are the ‘big’ questions - life, the universe, everything - more important than ‘little’ ones? Does a good question provoke debate or laughter, lead to certain answers or create reflective pause? Can it change laws, minds or lives? Are questions the best answers?

The Interrobang – a new festival from the Wheeler Centre – is built on the best questions in the world.

Join us on 27–28 November for a feast of frequently unanswered questions – as we present your most controversial, revealing, funny and insightful ideas to a Brains Trust of the world’s most inquisitive thinkers.

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Event highlights

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Questions on notice

Abdul Abdullah, Benjamin Law, Alan Duffy, Sammy J, Graeme Innes, Gregory Phillips, Kristin Alford, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Mary Norris, Nakkiah Lui, Tom Elliott, Upulie Divisekera and Michael Williams

Truth is stranger than fiction. Can fiction be stronger than truth?

Geraldine Brooks and Mark Colvin

Are cockroaches attracted to human tears, and if so, why?

Rob Delaney and Benjamin Law

Must happiness require effort?

Meghan Daum and Sally Warhaft

CANCELLED: Will the world be a safer place when more women occupy positions of power?

Anne Summers and Rukmini Callimachi

Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’ except after ‘c’?

Mary Norris and Jane Caro

Does science fiction give us an unrealistic expectation that we can effectively inhabit Mars? Questions on discovery, imagination and progress

Cory Doctorow, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Upulie Divisekera and Sammy J

What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us?

Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough

Why marry capitalism with democracy?

Yanis Varoufakis and Mary Kostakidis

What is it to be wild?

Cheryl Strayed and Meghan Daum

Why be good? Questions of work, love and feminism

Meghan Daum, Jane Caro, Geraldine Brooks, Nakkiah Lui and Sally Warhaft

The Festival

The Interrobang is a first: a festival shaped entirely by the public. You ask the questions, you vote on questions, and your questions direct and shape the discussions on stage. Through 27–28 November, you'll find The Interrobang spilling between the Regent Theatre, the Athenaeum and Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne's CBD.

Please refer to individual event pages for booking details and relevant booking fees. Fees and charges apply differently at each venue due to the arrangements of each ticketing company and venue. View full ticketing information.





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Friday 27 November
Regent Theatre Athenaeum Theatre
6:30 pm
Are cockroaches attracted to human tears, and if so, why?
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rob Delaney and Benjamin Law
6:45 pm
7:00 pm
7:15 pm
7:30 pm
7:45 pm
8:00 pm
8:15 pm
8:30 pm
Questions on notice
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Abdul Abdullah, Benjamin Law, Alan Duffy, Sammy J, Graeme Innes, Gregory Phillips, Kristin Alford, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Mary Norris, Nakkiah Lui, Tom Elliott, Upulie Divisekera and Michael Williams
8:45 pm
9:00 pm
9:15 pm
9:30 pm
9:45 pm

Athenaeum Theatre

No events available!
Saturday 28 November
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
Is religion ever more important than democracy? Questions about rules
10:30 am
Raimond Gaita, Abdul Abdullah, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
10:45 am
11:00 am
Why marry capitalism with democracy?
11:00 am
Yanis Varoufakis and Mary Kostakidis
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Is the concept of a country obsolete? Questions in a refugee crisis
1:00 pm
Mark Colvin, Geraldine Brooks, Rukmini Callimachi, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
How does the world end?
2:00 pm
Upulie Divisekera
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
What is it to be wild?
3:45 pm
Cheryl Strayed and Meghan Daum
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
Must happiness require effort?
6:00 pm
Meghan Daum and Sally Warhaft
Why does 'i' come before 'e' except after 'c'?
6:00 pm
Mary Norris and Jane Caro
6:15 pm
6:30 pm
6:45 pm
7:00 pm
7:15 pm
7:30 pm
7:45 pm
8:00 pm
8:15 pm
8:30 pm
One last question: are words more important than actions?
8:30 pm
Adam Liaw, Alan Brough, Cheryl Strayed, Graeme Innes, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Mary Norris, Nakkiah Lui, Rob Delaney, Sally Warhaft, Upulie Divisekera and Michael Williams
8:45 pm
9:00 pm
9:15 pm
9:30 pm
9:45 pm

Collins Street Baptist Church

Athenaeum Theatre

Athenaeum 2 Upstairs

Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
10:30 am
Is religion ever more important than democracy? Questions about rules
10:30 am
Raimond Gaita, Abdul Abdullah, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Is the concept of a country obsolete? Questions in a refugee crisis
1:00 pm
Mark Colvin, Geraldine Brooks, Rukmini Callimachi, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
How does the world end?
2:00 pm
Upulie Divisekera
2:15 pm
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
How does the world end?
2:00 pm
Upulie Divisekera
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
How does the world end?
2:00 pm
Upulie Divisekera
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
10:00 am
10:15 am
10:30 am
10:45 am
11:00 am
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
Why does 'i' come before 'e' except after 'c'?
6:00 pm
Mary Norris and Jane Caro
6:15 pm
6:30 pm
6:45 pm
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
11:00 am
Why marry capitalism with democracy?
11:00 am
Yanis Varoufakis and Mary Kostakidis
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
What is it to be wild?
3:45 pm
Cheryl Strayed and Meghan Daum
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
Must happiness require effort?
6:00 pm
Meghan Daum and Sally Warhaft
Why does 'i' come before 'e' except after 'c'?
6:00 pm
Mary Norris and Jane Caro
6:15 pm
6:30 pm
6:45 pm
Regent Theatre Collins Street Baptist Church Athenaeum Theatre Athenaeum 2 Upstairs
10:30 am
Is religion ever more important than democracy? Questions about rules
10:30 am
Raimond Gaita, Abdul Abdullah, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
10:45 am
11:00 am
Why marry capitalism with democracy?
11:00 am
Yanis Varoufakis and Mary Kostakidis
11:15 am
11:30 am
11:45 am
12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm
12:45 pm
1:00 pm
Is the concept of a country obsolete? Questions in a refugee crisis
1:00 pm
Mark Colvin, Geraldine Brooks, Rukmini Callimachi, Voranai Vanijaka, Tom Elliott
1:15 pm
1:30 pm
1:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
2:30 pm
2:45 pm
3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm
3:45 pm
4:00 pm
4:15 pm
4:30 pm
4:45 pm
5:00 pm
5:15 pm
5:30 pm
5:45 pm
6:00 pm
6:15 pm
6:30 pm
6:45 pm
7:00 pm
7:15 pm
7:30 pm
7:45 pm
8:00 pm
8:15 pm
8:30 pm
One last question: are words more important than actions?
8:30 pm
Adam Liaw, Alan Brough, Cheryl Strayed, Graeme Innes, Maggie Ryan Sandford, Mary Norris, Nakkiah Lui, Rob Delaney, Sally Warhaft, Upulie Divisekera and Michael Williams
8:45 pm
9:00 pm
9:15 pm
9:30 pm
9:45 pm
No events available!

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The Brains Trust

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