From the Embers 2: Phoenix - The Stage Goes Dark - Ep 9

Amy Leiper, 4th July 2022

Melbourne became a ghost town during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pubs and venues closed their doors, leaving many of the city’s artists and creatives without a stage or an audience. Yet over the months, it was the creative industries, that have kept communities strong by adapting to unprecedented circumstances. 

In this episode, four artists share their struggles and victories during the pandemic and cry out for an overlooked community, calling for a lifeline.

This is the final episode of From the Embers 2: Phoenix, a nine part series sharing first-hand accounts from communities across Australia about how they rebuilt their lives as they struggled through a pandemic. 

From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 9 Guests:

  • Eilish Gilligan
  • Brenton Harris - Catholic Guilt
  • Neil Morris - DRMNGNOW
  • Virginia Gay


From the Embers, Season 2 Episode 9 Credits:

  • Producer Erin Dick
  • Executive Producer and presenter Sarah Mashman
  • Engineer Tegan Nichols
  • Theme composer Oliver Beard
  • Management team: Abe Killian and Sime Knezevic

This episode was made on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and the muwinina people from Country around nipaluna. These lands were never ceded. 

From the Embers Season 2: Phoenix is supported by The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and IdeasThe Paul Ramsay FoundationMonash University’s Fire to Flourish program and The Minderoo Foundation Fire and Flood Resilience Initiative and broadcast across Australia via the Community Radio Network, and available to listen on Community Radio Plus.

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This episode of From the Embers 2: Phoenix revisits Kangaroo Island to see how the community and wildlife have fared since the fires, rain and COVID pandemic.


From the Embers 2: Phoenix revisits Lobethal to see how the community has fared following the Cudlee Creek fire which destroyed 85 homes and as rebuilding started, the pandemic hit.


From the Embers returns for a second season, returning to some of the areas hit the hardest by the 2019-2020 bushfires and visits new communities who were hit hard by severe flooding and long COVID lockdowns.