Oprah Winfrey, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 4 December 2015 (reviewed by Lynette Pugh)
Advertised as ‘An Evening with Oprah’, there should have been no doubt that it would be all about Oprah, but in anticipating the evening I kept thinking ‘Oh God’ I hope she tones the narcissism down for the Australian setting – or she will face walk outs and tut tuts from the Adelaide crowd.
I need not have worried! She had the delivery down pat, with the balance of celebrity, egoism and humble authenticity, exactly right. I was totally engaged for the whole 2 hours, with her story being told by herself with humour, reflection and honesty. Its a cliché but it felt like she was being very brave, disclosing to a huge audience her vulnerabilities. That in itself is a skill, conveying intimacy to an audience of thousands at the entertainment centre.
Sure, there were plenty of home-spun self-help sayings and observations about the universe, being grateful daily, living with purpose and intention, creating & choosing a life etc etc, but it worked. It resonated strongly with the audience and made us feel we were all part of this planet and glad to be travelling on it together. Oops there I go sounding like Oprah… I am glad I went. It confirmed my admiration for her and made me feel good, so that’s better than worrying about terrorism isnt it!!!