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  • Sarah Kendall: Australian Tales

  • The BBC Radio 4 Australian Trilogy Shows
  • By: Sarah Kendall
  • Narrated by: Sarah Kendall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Summary

Multi-award-winning storyteller Sarah Kendall brings her critically acclaimed, funny and moving live shows to audio. 

In the first trilogy of shows, each takes us on a trip, giving us a unique snapshot of small-town life in Australia in the late '80s and early '90s. At a time when most people were seeing Australians through the filter of Home and Away and Neighbours, Sarah presents a darker underbelly to the stereotype of the sun-loving, happy-go-lucky Aussie teenager.

The second trilogy jumps backwards and forwards in time and place, offering a single show in three parts. Sarah presents a collection of seemingly unrelated short stories and memories, which together combine to form a narrative that grapples with the interconnectedness of life and the nature of luck. 

These cinematic stories blend comedy and tragedy in equal measure; Sarah always keeps the big laughs coming without ever diminishing the drama. Her tales blend intricate narratives with a cast of memorable characters, bringing events to life in front of your very ears.

The first episode - 'A Day in October' - won Best Scripted Comedy (Longform) at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018 and the 2018 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and was the Silver ARIA winner for Best Storytelling. 

Trilogy 1
Part 1: A Day in October
Part 2: Touchdown
Part 3: Shaken

Trilogy 2
Part 1: Seventy-Three Seconds
Part 2: One-Seventeen AM
Part 3: Seventy-Five Years 

Written and performed by Sarah Kendall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Australian Trilogy: Series 1 and Australian Trilogy: Series 2.

Produced by Carl Cooper.
Photo credit: Rosalind Furlong.
A BBC Studios Production.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic reviews

 "A mini masterpiece of tragicomic storytelling." (The Times)

"An ode to all the ugliness and beauty of adolescence." (The Guardian)

"Her tale is funny, tender and has a finale that absolutely knocked the wind out of my sails." (The Herald Scotland)

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Loved this

Very funny lady. Very enjoyable listen. Not sure why she's not better known yet.

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One of the best storytellers

Sarah Kendall is an amazing comedian and an incredible Writer. Her shows at the Edinburgh Fringe are always my favourite. Her TV show Frayed is excellent. If you want great stories told perfectly with meaning, depth, heart and packed with laughs - this is what you need. It's well worth buying I am glad I bought it. A great listen.

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Really good

The story about George peach will be played at my funeral brilliant Helped me through some tough times thankyou

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Simply Loved it.

I caught the first 3 tales (Australian Trilogy) on BBC radio. The first one I heard made me cry and laugh, which never happens to me. I love the Australian Trilogy tales.the best, the other 3 are only fabulous! They are stories and stand up comedy, and thought provoking. Can't wait to hear more from Sarah in the future.

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Sarah Kendall: Australian Tales

I first became aware of Sarah Kendall when Radio Times reviewed Australian Trilogy: A Day in October as its highlight of the week on radio. I was hooked from the word go. She is a remarkable storyteller and these tales are highly intelligent, very funny, relatable and with an added edge of pathos. She is compulsive listening and it's great to see her go from strength to strength. Highly recommended.

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She's good!

I have had this series on my wish list for a long time. I really enjoy Sarah's stand up. she is very funny. her stories are incredibly well organised. she is an unbelievably amazing storyteller.

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Brilliant storytelling

Superb. Funny,moving and thought-provoking. First series won awards but second series is even better. Do yourself a favour. Listen.