In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we talk to Peter Goers, raconteur and the critic who ate Adelaide.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is Oaks Plus.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we have a track from Courtney Robb.

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Running Sheet: Hi ho everybody it’s Peter Goers

TIME SEGMENT
00:00:00 Intro
00:00:28 SA Drink Of The Week
 Oaks Plus is the non-South Australian SA Drink Of The Week.
00:12:19 Peter Goers

Like most of South Australia, I have grown up with the voice and/or writings of Peter Goers casting light and shadow on many aspects of life here, especially in the arts. However, I am in a slightly smaller group of those who have been praised by him, criticised by him, I’ve reviewed his Fringe shows, and, nowadays, am working with him as part of his Smart Arts program Sunday mornings on ABC Adelaide. Peter, welcome and let the cards fall where they may!

As I wrote that introduction, I was very aware of how Steve-centric it was but it is through our lives that we see public figures like you and I am sure everybody sees you differently. How are you thought of by South Australians, and how would you like to be thought of?

There are a few themes I would like to explore with you today and the first is about being a public figure who espouses opinions on things. From reviewing to being a columnist, you have cultivated the persona of one who doesn’t mince words, indeed, you’re the critic who ate Adelaide.

What is the key to crafting a public opinion?

How do you deal with the flack – or do you seek flack?

We were caught in your crossfire during Stephen Yarwood’s reign. We had him as a guest and you lambasted us for giving him 90 minutes in the limelight praising evil cyclists. I’ve always looked for the middle ground, is that why I’m not famous?

Is there a recipe for choosing the right ingredients and mix of a controversial opinion?

Theatre. Would you say that the main reason you are sitting here today is because former teacher Mick Rivers encouraged your interest in acting

Raconteur – how do you become one

Are certain occupations and life events more likely to lead to being one

An influence in Goers’ early life was teacher and former South Adelaide footballer Mick Rivers, who encouraged his interest in acting. Were you shy, and Mick coaxed you, or did he inspire you?

Theatre – how hard is it to direct yourself.

4 shows in one night. Tell me more.

You were known for being vicious in your reviews – have you ever been savaged

By taking contrary positions on emotional issues there will no doubt be flak – it doesn’t seem to affect you. Does it?

Thinking time – do we get enough and is reading time thinking time or is that just a different type of “noise” to stop us scrutinising ourselves

Why do you collect?

The temporary charcoal drawing at the school of art affected me because it said LIFE IS TEMPORARY writ large in its very DNA.

Mount Gambier – music group

Is your love of Country halls linked in anyway to the fact you made your debut as the Artful Dodger on Woodville town hall – they seem to be used for football and funerals – do you have some favourites

I can’t throw the first stone. I love it. I teach it. But it seems we are all given to self-obsession but most methods have some boundaries, whereas social media just unlocks and fuels access to keyboards and cameras and it is taking the noble drive to communicate to extremes

If we imagine the picture of dorian grey with all the worst aspects of Dorian’s life manifesting in his portrait while he lived a charmed life, I think we saw the picture of social media last weekend in Russia. A plane crash lands and catches fire, and passengers evacuating were not only taking hand luggage but were stopping to video for social media, meaning some passengers were trapped who might have escaped. How ugly is that?

Goodnight Mrs Calabash, wherever you are

01:22:25 Musical Pilgrimage
In the musical pilgrimage, we have a track called Pockets Full by Courtney Robb.

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