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Herald Sun - Switched On - - On The Couch - BY DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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

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