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Michael Waugh

Michael Waugh – Up close and personal

10 July 2022  |  7:00 PM  |  theatre Royal, Hobart  |  $35

Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the heart of everyday life.

Since his 2016 debut, Waugh has released three albums of deeply relatable, emotional story songs based on characters and events from around his hometown of Maffra in Eastern Victoria. Fans of the singer-songwriter have rusted on to his uniquely Australian narrative style – and they proudly wear the red and black checked shirt as a sign of their connectedness – uniformed members of team Waugh.

On Waugh’s fourth studio album, ‘The Cast’, the roll call of characters has broadened.
‘Dirty River’ is a tribute to Waugh’s adopted hometown of Melbourne. In ‘Real Estate’ he dreams about better lives that might be lived, and in ‘Swollen’, a bold, brave and brutal mission statement to the album, Waugh addresses his experience of an eating disorder. While the album might be book ended by ‘Swollen’ and ‘Sleepless’, painfully honest stories from the perspective of a haunted soul, the title of the album – and the title track – are about healing.

Written and produced through the time of Melbourne’s COVID lockdown, the emotional core of the album is Waugh’s tribute to his parents who both died within 6 weeks of each other, just before Melbourne’s first lockdown in 2020.

“Michael Waugh has established himself as one of Australia’s finest songwriters.” Stuart Coupe – author, music commentator and radio presenter

“I see the pictures he sings about while laughing and crying at the same time. A gifted story teller.” Felicity Urquhart

“Experiencing his new record, made me feel like I’d encountered something that had genuinely made me a better, more empathetic person.” Josh Cunningham – The Waifs

“So honest, so real you feel as a listener you’ve known him your whole life. It’s amazing how his songs can be so personal and yet so universal.” Nick Wolfe – The Wolfe Brothers


Studio Theatre

Sunday 10 July 2022
7:00 PM


For help with bookings, contact the Theatre Royal Box Office on (03) 6146 3300

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Duration: 70 minutes

Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • The Theatre Royal Studio Theatre is at 27-29 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • Drop off car spaces are available at the entrance to the Theatre Royal on Collins Street. 
  • 2 accessible parking spaces are available outside the Theatre Royal on Collins Street. 
  • Please follow this link to experience a virtual tour of the venue. 



Assistive Listening:  

  • The Theatre Royal Studio Theatre is equipped with an Assisted Hearing Service that offers amplified sound through dedicated headphones or using a neck loop that interacts with modern hearing aid devices, and also has ability to connect Hearing Aids to the system. This equipment can be collected, complimentary, from the Box Office. There are a limited number of these units and bookings are essential. Please contact the Theatre Royal Box Office – 03 6146 3300 to discuss your needs and reserve a device for your attendance and the team will ensure that the equipment is ready for your collection on arrival. 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome in all FOV event venues. 


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • Lift access is available from the main foyer entrance reaching all building levels including the box office, Main Stage Stalls, Dress Circle and Gallery. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Theatre Royal building. 

COVID-19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a theatre-style seated venue. Please be mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.