Greg Fleet (A'79) and Ian Darling (P'79)

Schoolmates Greg and Ian have had such an enduring friendship for the past 46 years that they decided to write and perform a play about it – The Twins, which opened at the Adelaide Fringe last month and will tour to Sydney and Melbourne. The pair were inseparable at school, acting in numerous plays together, but lost touch after school as their lives went in different directions, Ian to university and a career in finance, and Greg to NIDA before a heroin habit turned his life upside down. Since reuniting they have rekindled their friendship, which has provided rich source material for their play.

Described as ‘an achingly honest account that sees privilege and heroin joined at the hip’, The Twins centres around two old friends who come back together 40 years after playing twins in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, to rework it as a two-hander. Produced by documentary film maker Ian Darling’s Shark Island Institute in conjunction with The ArtsLab Kangaroo Valley, the pair coined the term ‘theatre verité’ to describe their piece, in which the characters are real people played by themselves. Reviewers have described it as ‘remarkable’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘a definite must-see’.



Holden St Theatres, ADELAIDE FRINGE (February 18 - March 21).
Seymour Centre, SYDNEY (March 31 - April 17).
Upper River Hall, KANGAROO VALLEY (April 30 - May 1).
Canberra Theatre Centre, CANBERRA (May 3 - May 6).
Gasworks, MELBOURNE (May 10 - May 16).
Bookings at:


Sally Wilson (Cl'92)

The Australian arts community have suffered greatly during covid so it is exciting to announce that Sally Wilson and Mark Kruger will play some of their all-time favourite pieces in a Geelong Chamber Music Society event Murder Mirth, Mozart & Muses - an hour-long performance which is viewable both via live stream as well as in person. A musical event spanning exquisite German and French songs, gems of solo piano repertoire and uplifting operatic beauty by composers including Strauss, Verdi, Chopin, Satie and Hahn. "Be entertained, surprised, touched and inspired by the artistry and drama of internationally renowned artists – Sally Wilson and Mark Kruger."

The performance will utilize streaming platform Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (MDCH), created by musicians, for musicians with a vision to support musicians and the Australian arts community during COVID-19 and beyond. Connecting Australian artists and communities everywhere through music and technology, the MDCH was launched on 27 March 2020. The MDCH presented 233 live concerts in its first nine months, generating $1,000,000 in income for musicians and arts sector workers who’d lost everything through COVID-19.

The concept is straightforward. You purchase a ticket to enjoy a high-quality live-streamed concert; the MDCH pass on the full ticket price to the artists, with a modest booking fee keeping the cameras rolling. In many cases, you can also join in person and be part of a small studio audience.

This performance will take place this Thursday 18 March at 7.00pm at The Athenaeum 2, 188 Collins St, Melbourne. Tickets and more information here.

Deb-Chrinside     Lucy-McEachern     Harley-Manifold

Deb Chirnside (Philip, Je'76), (Lucy McEachern (Ga'99) & Harley Manifold (M'00)

harley-manifold-artlucy-McEachern-sculpture_2Deb-Chirnside-artSculptor Lucy McEachern's studio at Wingeel, 40 minutes from Geelong, will be buzzing this weekend as she opens it as part of the Golden Plains Southern Open Studios Program. With seven artists exhibiting, including three OGGs: botanical artist Deb Chirnside (Philip, Je'76), artist Harley Manifold (M'00) and bronze sculptor Lucy herself.

Lucy’s home studio is at 984 Wingeel Road, Wingeel 3321 and will be open this Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March from 10.00am until 5.00pm each day. Explore the sculpture garden and meet the artists. Entry is free, a coffee van with food will be on site.   More about: Deb Chirnside   Lucy McEachern   Harley Manifold


Rebecca Starford (Fr'01)

The-ImitatorAuthor and editor Rebecca Starford has recently published her first novel, The Imitator, to rave reviews. The protagonist, Oxford graduate Evelyn Varley, finds herself recruited to MI5 following the outbreak of World War Two and assigned to a dangerous mission infiltrating a group of Nazi sympathisers. Although she is naturally mercurial, Evelyn’s better judgement and loyalty is tested as she is drawn deeper into her duplicitous assignment, and a critical moral conundrum. Published by Allen and Unwin and available now, The Imitator has been described as a ‘gripping thriller’, ‘beautifully written’ and Rebecca herself as ‘the inheritor of the cool, narrative elegance of Graham Green and John le Carré’.

Rebecca’s reputation in Australia’s literary scene is well-established. She is the co-founder and publishing director of the leading arts and culture online magazine Kill Your Darlings and has worked an editor for Text Publishing and Affirm Press. Her previous book, Bad Behaviour, a memoir about bullying and boarding school, has been optioned for television by Matchbox Pictures. Rebecca teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland where she is also a candidate for a PhD.


Ariani Anwar (Fr'07)

An associate at John Wardle Architects, Ariani Anwar visited GGS recently with four of her colleagues. The group was interested to see the School for Performing Arts and Creative Education (the SPACE) and The Handbury Centre for Wellbeing from an architectural viewpoint.

Ariani, whose mother Margot Anwar was Head of Art at Geelong Grammar School from 2006-2009, was at GGS when neither of the buildings existed. Michael Harrop, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, and Mick Kramer, Manager of the Handbury Centre for Wellbeing, were delighted to share these special spaces with the group. Both buildings highlight the incredible facilities available to students at Geelong Grammar School today. 

Ariana completed a Masters of Architecture at Melbourne University's Melbourne School of Design in 2017, following a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Hispanic Cultural Studies. She was a founding editor of Inflection, the annual student-run journal of the Melbourne School of Design. During her career at John Wardle Architects, Ariani has worked on two large projects: The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Ian Potter Southbank Centre) Project for Melbourne University (Ian Potter Southbank Centre | John Wardle Architects) and the Bendigo Law Courts (Bendigo Law Courts | John Wardle Architects), which is currently under construction. Ariani worked on the Ian Potter Southbank Centre project for about 3.5 years and the Bendigo Law Courts project for about 2 years. 

Peter Hatzoglou (A'16)

If relocating to South Australia for the summer hadn't already paid enough dividends, a call-up to the South Australia Redbacks Marsh Cup team was the icing on the cake of a whirlwind cricket season for Peter Hatzoglou. Fresh from 17 wickets for the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL season, Peter debuted for the Redbacks against Western Australia on March 2 in the 50-over format. His debut was a baptism of fire, facing in-form National Team batsmen Shaun Marsh and Cam Green on their way to making 113 and 144 runs respectively. Peter has played two further matches for SA and while he is still searching for his first official wicket, he was involved in one of the most unique non-dismissals of the summer. In the second over of his debut match, Peter appealed for caught behind while bowling to Sam Whiteman. The umpire raised his index finger, Peter and his teammates began to celebrate, only to turn around to witness the rare sight of an umpire reversing their decision seconds later. “I’ve played a lot of cricket and I don’t think I‘ve ever seen an umpire change his decision,” former Australian quick Stuart Clark said on the commentary.

Tanner Bruhn (Fr'20)

We are five days away from the GWS Giants' first game for 2021 and recent graduate Tanner Bruhn has already been informed, in the form of the now-traditional team meeting that is filmed and shared on social media, that he will make his debut against St Kilda on Sunday. Tanner put his name up in lights for Round 1 selection with a four-goal haul in the Giants one and only pre-season fixture against the Sydney Swans a fortnight ago.

The season kicks off on Thursday night with Richmond, home of Thomson Dow (M'19), taking on Carlton, where Thomson's brother, Paddy (M'17), Lochie O'Brien (P'17) and Brodie Kemp (P'19) ply their trade. OGG vs OGG has become a common occurrence in recent seasons and, following the recruitment of Tanner (Fr'20), Nick Stevens (P'20) and Ollie Lord (M'20) in last year's draft, there are now 13 Old Geelong Grammarians spread across nine AFL clubs. In addition, Nina Morrison (A'18) remains with the Geelong Cats AFLW side as she continues to recover from a serious knee injury suffered in March 2020. 

Sam Lloyd (Cu'08) retired in December 2020 after 89 games with Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, and will play for Bundoora in the Northern Football League in 2021. Former number one pick Paddy McCartin (Fr'14), a year after being delisted by St Kilda after a series of concussions put his career in jeopardy, will play with the Sydney Swans reserves this year alongside fellow OGG, Darcy Cordell (P'14) and Harry Morrison (A'16), with the hope of being drafted by the Swans in the mid-season draft.

OGGs in the AFL/ AFLW

Carlton - Paddy Dow (M'17), Brodie Kemp (P'19), Lochie O'Brien (P'17)
Essendon - Jye Caldwell (P'18), Devon Smith (A'11)
Fremantle - 
Caleb Serong (Cu'19)
Geelong - Nina Morrison (A'18), Nick Stevens (P'20)
GWS - Tanner Bruhn (Fr'20), Brent Daniels (P'17)
Port Adelaide - Ollie Lord (M'20)
Richmond - Thomson Dow (P'19)
West Coast - Jarrod Brander (M'17)
Western Bulldogs - Easton Wood (Cu'07)


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