Acclaimed artist and cultural leader STEPHEN PAGE on what saved him when he lost his brothers, his father’s trauma, and how his own son’s birth was like a choreographed dance –
He speaks with MAGGIE DENT on LiSTNR’s The Good Enough Dad.
In 1993 Stephen Page became a dad in the most spectacular of ways.
He says it was like something he and his partner had choreographed.
Fast forward to today and after 30 years as the artistic director of the nation’s preeminent First Nations-led company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen is working on a children’s production with the son that was born that night - Hunter Lochard-Page, actor, dancer, writer, director and Play School presenter.
Stephen talks about the incredible kinship of family made and family born, and how being raised by women shaped the dad he became.
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- 6’56: His dad was traumatised when his sisters were stolen. “My father struggled the most. You know, from a little boy - he was hidden when he watched his sisters being taken away - and had a very traumatic upbringing.”
- 17’16 When his son Hunter was born it was like a choreographed dance. “Stephen Page: It was like a dance, and she literally gave birth to Hunter laying on top of me.”
- 21’15 Stephen was looking after his brothers from a young age. “Stephen Page: Those days, you just it was survival, the fear and survival.”
- 27’22 The way he saw Hunter as a kid was to put him on stage.
- 34’03 - When David died people thought Stephen was hiding in his work, but he found it healing.
- 35’35 – “I tell you that my job and my creative skills and spirit was probably what saved me through the journey of my my brother’s both passing.”
ABOUT STEPHEN PAGE
Born in Brisbane, Stephen is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland,
In 1991, Stephen was appointed Artistic Director of Bangarra and has developed a signature body of works that have become milestones in Australian performing arts.
ABOUT THE GOOD ENOUGH DAD – LiSTNR podcast
“Aiming to be a GOOD dad is important, but you know what, research actually shows that being a good ENOUGH parent is how you ace it,” said Maggie Dent.
Known around Australia as the “Queen of Common Sense”, Dent shares her characteristic humour and simple strategies with dads from all walks of life. She’s a trusted voice – her podcast Parental As Anything has won gold at the Australian Podcast Awards, she regularly travels around Australia presenting to parents on resilience, anxiety and raising boys to men, she’s the author of nine books, the mother of four sons and grandma to seven grandkids.
Dent said: “I’ve wanted to do something for dads for a long time. I’ve watched my own sons become fathers, and there is just so little out there for dads. Seeing dads on telly and in ads being the bumbling fool - apart from in Bluey of course! - is frustrating. Dads are doing a great job…it’s time to celebrate our dads!”
And celebrate dads is what The Good Enough Dad certainly does. Throughout the 26-episode season, Dent chats with good mate and Triple M Sydney host Gus Worland about the man who shaped the father he is today, former NRL star Ben Hannant about how he parents eight kids, and the hilarious How to Dad NZ Instagram star Jordan Watson on how running from half-crazed sheep in the wilds of New Zealand helped him be the dad he is today. Musician John Butler, singer, actor and TV presenter David Campbell, footy legend Brad Kearns, father of twins and podcaster Sean Szeps, comedian and presenter Matt Okine, and TV presenter Tristan MacManus also talk to Dent about their fatherhood journey.
“This podcast will have listeners laughing, nodding in agreement, reliving their own experiences and groaning in understanding,” said Dent. “Being a dad is not easy. I hope listeners want to high five themselves or hug their own dad for all the incredible things he’s doing and done in their lives.”
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