Tim Ross announces Designing a Legacy live show

Comedian, TV presenter and self-proclaimed design nerd Tim Ross continues his love affair with Australian design with a new live show that looks at why architecture matters.

“Almost everyone has to say goodbye to their family home at some stage. It’s hard enough at the best of times, because our homes are where we make our most cherished memories. But imagine if your family home is an architectural masterpiece. Could you let it go? Or would you want to hold onto that design legacy?”

After travelling across the country, Tim Ross asks exactly that in his new live show – DESIGNING A LEGACY. Part talk, part screening and part comedy show, Tim threads together a series of films with anecdotes and his inimitable humour to take you on an architectural adventure into some of Australia’s most significant modernist houses. This is a rare opportunity to glimpse inside houses designed by the greats including Robin Boyd, Chancellor and Patrick, Roy Grounds, Esmond Dorney, John Andrews and Ken Woolley.

Eminently relatable, Tim touches a nostalgic nerve by drawing out the stories of Australian families whose lives have been shaped within the walls of modern masterpieces. He takes us to meet the people who believe in the design legacy of their family homes and finds out how far they’ll go to protect these landmark houses. “You won’t believe some of the challenges they are facing and the incredible stories of how architecture and memories bind us to a place,” says Tim. “The key theme of DESIGNING A LEGACY is the idea that great architecture can elevate us all. It speaks to us of our story, and reminds us of what we can achieve. And it also reminds us that the things that make a property rich are not measured in dollars and cents, but in experience, and in the way they make us feel. If we value and preserve our best buildings, we’re not just thinking sentimentally, but sustainably as well.”

Celebrating the design of each house and their living histories, the interconnected films feature interviews, archive footage and unpublished photographs, and are beautifully-shot by Streets of Your Town cinematographer Rod Pollard and directed by Andrew Garrick.

This is a journey into why architecture matters. After all, “Architecture isn’t about buildings at all, it’s about people.” – Paddy Dorney, son of architect Esmond Dorney.

Picking up on the success of Tim’s ABC TV series Streets of Your Town and following the sold-out successes of his live shows Man About the House and Motel, Tim tours DESIGNING A LEGACY nationally in 2020, with an exclusive preview in the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House before the show premieres in Melbourne during Melbourne Design Week. The tour continues with dates at leading cultural institutions in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.


Writer and Presenter: Tim Ross

Director: Andrew Garrick

Cinematographer: Rod Pollard

Producer: Shelley Kemp

Tickets on sale now

Tickets: $45 | $39 Students / Concessions | $35 Members (NGA, NGV, AGWA)

Duration: One hour 10 mins

Visit: themanaboutthehouse.net

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