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"I am intensely curious to find out more"
If this sentence reverberates with you, especially about how cutting-edge knowledge could improve your own wellbeing, health and state of mind, you probably already know and love Michael Mosley.
He is an iconic BBC broadcaster/trained doctor who ventures out to find the latest knowledge about all the things we are really interested in; namely all aspects of ourselves as human beings.
Michael on television was prepared to, for instance, swallow tapeworms or go on a three day fast drinking meagre 30 calorie cups of miso soup while his film crew tucked into Korean BBQ, all in the interests of science. And besides this anecdotal evidence from single person experimentation, he trawled through and presented the latest scientific and medical evidence for our delectation.
This could be about our guts and the cutting edge research on our gut micro biomes, how pessimism is activated by more left frontal lobe activity, the factors which improve longevity or how fasting reduces the risk of senile dementia and improves insulin sensitivity. If the last sentence lost you, then you probably won't want to see Michael Mosley live on stage. But for a considerable portion of the population, judging by the success of his books; TheFast Diet, The Clever Gut Diet, Science of You and many more, there is an avid interest in the topics he presents.
So what is his secret to success and what draws a full house to QPAC to see him? Part of it is his engaging personality combined with a formidable intellect. And the fact that he is genuine; what you see is what you get. He is prepared to be vulnerable facing his fears and discussing embarrassing medical facts about himself so that we can feel less vulnerable and speak up about our own medical issues. Through his international bestseller books and EMMY and BAFTA award winning documentaries he has opened up important topics for discussion and made the general public aware of crucial issues such as the rise in type 2 diabetes.
The challenge then for this performance was neither the popularity of the performer nor the power of his topics. It was how to make it entertaining to a large crowd in a concert hall.
Enter Julia Zemiro, host and interviewer, whose consummate skill as an entertainer warmed and enlivened the dialogue without being intrusive. Full marks for her balancing this tricky role and not upstaging the presenter.
Michael also showed himself to be a skilled presenter with the ability to discuss and entertain, almost it seemed without drawing breath for nearly two hours. Add to this some interesting stage props such as a bottle of tapeworms and a traditional barbers chair together with watching Michael perform high-intensity training on a stationary bike and you have the makings of an entertaining evening.
What didn't work seamlessly was the audio-visual display at the back of the stage which did not always synchronise with the presentation. The video excerpts were interesting enough but did tend to overemphasise, how can I put this delicately, lower gastrointestinal details.
The audience participation with three members coming to the stage discussing their experiences of the 5:2 diet and questions from selected audience members added to the interest of the performance. Michael was very impressed by the knowledge of this Queensland audience and he can partly take credit for this given his service to public education worldwide.
Overall, it was an honour and a pleasure to have Michael to come half way across the world to share his wisdom and humanity. I can only hope that he got the opportunity to have some down time here so that we Queenslanders could value add to his health and vitality as he has done so for ours.