Comedian and self-confessed design nerd Tim Ross announces new live show

Comedian, TV presenter and self-proclaimed design nerd Tim Ross continues his love affair with Australian design with a new live show that looks at why architecture matters.

“Almost everyone has to say goodbye to their family home at some stage. It’s hard enough at the best of times, because our homes are where we make our most cherished memories. But imagine if your family home is an architectural masterpiece. Could you let it go? Or would you want to hold onto that design legacy?” – Tim asks

After travelling across the country, Tim Ross asks exactly that in his new live show – Designing a Legacy. Part talk, part screening and part comedy show, Tim threads together a series of films with anecdotes and his inimitable humour to take you on an architectural adventure into some of Australia’s most significant modernist houses. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside houses designed by the greats including Robin Boyd, Chancellor and Patrick, Roy Grounds, Esmond Dorney, John Andrews and Ken Woolley.

Eminently relatable, Tim touches a nostalgic nerve by drawing out the stories of Australian families whose lives have been shaped within the walls of modern masterpieces. He takes us to meet the people who believe in the design legacy of their family homes and finds out how far they’ll go to protect these landmark houses. “You won’t believe some of the challenges they are facing and the incredible stories of how architecture and memories bind us to a place,” says Tim. “The key theme of Designing a Legacy is the idea that great architecture can elevate us all. It speaks to us of our story and reminds us of what we can achieve. And it also reminds us that the things that make a property rich are not measured in dollars and cents, but in experience, and in the way they make us feel. If we value and preserve our best buildings, we’re not just thinking sentimentally, but sustainably as well.”

Celebrating the design of each house and their living histories, the interconnected films feature interviews, archive footage and unpublished photographs, and are beautifully-shot by Streets of Your Town cinematographer Rod Pollard and directed by Andrew Garrick.

This is a journey into why architecture matters. After all, “Architecture isn’t about buildings at all, it’s about people.” – Paddy Dorney, son of architect Esmond Dorney.

Picking up on the success of Tim’s ABC TV series Streets of Your Town and following the sold-out successes of his live shows Man About the House and Motel, Tim tours Designing a Legacy nationally in 2020, with an exclusive preview in the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House before the show premieres in Melbourne during Melbourne Design Week. The tour continues with dates at leading cultural institutions in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.



7 February 2020 – SOLD OUT Sydney Opera House – Utzon Room – Exclusive Preview (Sydney)
13 March 2020 – National Gallery of Victoria – Clemenger Auditorium – Melbourne Design Week – Premiere (Melbourne)
20 March 2020 – Schonell Theatre – University of Queensland – Asia Pacific Architecture Festival
26 March 2020 – University of South Australia – Samstag Gallery – Allan Scott Auditorium
27 March 2020 – State Library of NSW – Metcalfe Auditorium (Sydney)
4 April 2020 – National Gallery of Australia – James O Fairfax Theatre (Canberra)
1 May 2020 – Art Gallery of Western Australia – Theatrette (Perth)
13 May 2020 – Caloundra Regional Gallery – Anywhere Festival (Sunshine Coast)

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Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

Peter J Snee

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