Prima Donna Podcast



Sonic portraits of Australian artists, created by composer Nat Grant.


  • Jane Murphy

    07/08/2022 Duration: 23min

    Jane Murphy considers herself to be an “Accidental Property Master”. She stumbled across a role in a film art department in the mid 1980’s in Sydney. Her love of stories & people, combined with a fascination of things, has proved the perfect marriage for her role of Props Master for film, TV and theatre. 

  • Elizabeth Russell-Arnot

    07/08/2022 Duration: 25min

    Elizabeth Russell-Arnot is an inquisitive adventurer with academic credentials across multiple arts disciplines. Her Churchill Fellowship and 2 Masters Degrees in the Arts have led to a focus on our endangered environment expressed through creativity in writing, illustrating, painting and sculpture. Liz has always been aware of the world in which she lives and her artistic work became the voice which she used to express her love for the environment and everything in it: birds, animals, insects, plants and yes, even mankind.

  • Peta Murray

    07/08/2022 Duration: 23min

    Peta Murray is a recovering playwright, best known for her plays Wallflowering and Salt. A late-blooming academic, she is also a Lecturer in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University where she writes extravaganzas with preposterous titles, performs essays, coins neologisms, collaborates on loopy approaches to memoir, queers the q(a)antata, and makes mischief with The Symphony of Awkward as they stake claim to world domination in the emergent discourse of diarology.

  • Jean Taylor

    11/02/2022 Duration: 21min

    A radical feminist activist in the women's liberation movement since joining the Brunswick Consciousness-Raising Group in 1972, writer Jean Taylor has been involved in the Women's Liberation Centre, Women's Liberation Halfway House, Women's Liberation Switchboard, Women's Building Council, Aboriginal Rights Solidarity Group, Amazon Theatre, Women's Circus, Matrix Guild, Lesbian Cancer Support Group, and Purple Parrots. She has been the instigator and coordinator of the Victorian Women's Liberation and Lesbian Feminist Archives. 

  • Lella Cariddi

    11/02/2022 Duration: 22min

    Lella Cariddi OAM is a writer/researcher of community history, curator of contemporary art, documentary producer, installation artist, adult educator and Community Cultural Development Practitioner. She is committed to the advancement of literatures and the Arts as a vehicle for intergenerational social inclusion between mainstream Australian Society and immigrants & refugees.

  • Cath Murphy

    11/02/2022 Duration: 21min

    Animator and educator Cath Murphy has a rich history in animation spanning more than 20 years and has won numerous awards in film for: Animation; Writing; Directing; Producing and Visual Effects. A registered nurse with extensive experience in mental health, Cath’s approach to animation is about social inclusion and the impact it can have on working and emotional life.

  • 12 - Madeline McGrady

    03/11/2019 Duration: 46min

    Aunty Madeline McGrady is a proud Gomeroi elder. She made the first film on black deaths in custody, and was the first Indigenous person on the Australian Film Council.  

  • 11 - Margret RoadKnight

    03/11/2019 Duration: 44min

    A performer at the very first National Folk Festival (and many more since then), Margret has sung blues, jazz, gospel, folk, comedy, and social commentary songs in concert halls and cathedrals, clubs and campuses, from Broome to Hobart, Beijing to Memphis, Paris to Auckland, Edinburgh to Tel Aviv, New York to Seoul, Amsterdam to Dublin, New Orleans to London, Vancouver to Nuku'alofa.

  • 10 Sue Nattrass

    03/11/2019 Duration: 43min

    First female lighting designer in Australia. Stage Manager. Actor. Operations Manager at the Victorian Arts Centre. Artistic Director Melbourne and Adelaide Arts Festivals. 

  • 9 - Sue Ingleton

    28/02/2019 Duration: 01h01min

    Writer, actor, comedian, architect, and celebrant Suzanne Ingleton comes from a tradition of theatre, sacred ritual and spiritual shamanism. She has created solo and collaborative performance works in Australia and overseas for more than 40 years and is particularly vocal about the constant erasure of women's stories and the work they are required to do consistently to overcome adversity. *language warning on this episode*

  • 7 - Duré Dara

    28/02/2019 Duration: 44min

    Percussionist, social worker, and Board Member of the Victorian Women's Trust, Duré Dara OAM is Indian by race, Malaysian by birth, and Australian by choice. A proponent of spontaneous and improvised music for more than 40 years, she is well known for her work as a percussionist with the late David Tolley and in the Brian Brown Quintet. She worked alongside Stephanie Alexander in the 1990s and was the first woman president of the Victorian Restaurant and Caterers Association. She's passionate about women and girls having access to education and opportunities in the arts.     *language warning on this episode*

  • 8 - Liz Jones

    28/02/2019 Duration: 42min

    Actor and teacher Dr Elizabeth Jones has been the Artistic Director of La Mama Theatre since 1976. For 20 year prior she was a teacher of English, History, Drama, and Politics in Australia and Indonesia. She has worked over many years as an advocate for refugees and First Nation's peoples, and is invested in La Mama being a place of support for minority and independent artists. 

  • 6 - Elizabeth Drake

    21/07/2018 Duration: 39min
  • 5 - Shirley McKechnie

    21/07/2018 Duration: 44min
  • 4 - Jo Jo Smith

    21/07/2018 Duration: 35min
  • 1 - Joyce McGrath

    05/03/2018 Duration: 45min
  • 2 - Robin Laurie

    05/03/2018 Duration: 46min
  • 3 - Sandra Shotlander

    05/03/2018 Duration: 01h33s