Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer is a singer, performer, writer, artistic director, and public advocate of the Arts. 

‘On living in a time of Covid-19' by Robyn Archer

May 2020, no. 421 27 April 2020
‘On living in a time of Covid-19' by Robyn Archer
Listen to this essay read by the author. Closeted but not isolated, everyone will have a story, so there’s nothing special here. But the common difference is clear. When it’s about Brexit or Trump there, it’s us to them; when it’s bushfires here, it’s them to us. We have been globally entwined for decades, but the economic and political truths are mostly covert. It’s taken Covid-19 ... (read more)

Epiphany: 'Braving Glyndebourne' by Robyn Archer

June–July 2019, no. 412 23 May 2019
Epiphany: 'Braving Glyndebourne' by Robyn Archer
It was during the still relatively tentative explorations I was making into the world of international arts festival direction that I swallowed hard and made my first visit to Glyndebourne. I had lived in London throughout the 1980s, had performed there many times in various venues from the National to the Drill Hall to Wyndham’s in the West End, and had sung in Paris, Vienna, and Amsterdam. I ... (read more)

'Kindness by Numbers' by Robyn Archer

November 2015, no. 376 27 October 2015
Robyn Archer debated Peter Singer during the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival; their topic was 'Is Funding the Arts Doing Good?'. This is an edited version of her paper. I hear that in New YorkAt the corner of 26th Street and BroadwayA man stands every evening during the winter monthsAnd gets beds for the homeless thereBy appealing to passers-by It won't change the worldIt won't improve relations ... (read more)