IN 1970, a fiercely independent 21-year-old, Kate Jennings, stunned the student crowd that had gathered for a Vietnam War protest march in Sydney. The speech was both incendiary and inspiring, with Jennings using the peace platform to unleash on the ‘‘ male war on women’’. Sophie Lowe, 22, the actor renowned for brilliant performances in the movie Beautiful Kate and mini-series The Slap, performs Jennings’ speech on stage in the History channel special The People Speak. Lowe is one of a long list of actors and musicians who recite the letters, songs and speeches of the rebels and visionaries from Australia’s past. Thomas Keneally narrates the special and the performers who bring the powerful moments from our history to life includes Jack Thompson, John Jarratt, Rebecca Gibney, Kelton Pell and Claudia Karvan.
What were your thoughts on performing this piece on stage?
I feel blessed that I was asked to do it. She is such a powerful woman. I did a lot of research on her. I hope that what audiences get out of this is to hear incredible voices of people who had such an impact on our history. I was in tears at one point listening to one of the other performances.
This show is a roll call of great performers. Were you thinking, ‘oh, I don’t
The People Speak, History channel, Sunday, 7.30pm