Play It Safe is a song celebrating 50 years of creativity at the Sydney Opera House. Penned by Tim Minchin it featuring Jimmy Barnes, Courtney Act, and other artists associated with the house.
Celebrating 50 years of brave creativity Play It Safe penned by and featuring Tim Minchin proclaims the joy of defying the urge to play it safe.
“A big thing about art and a building like the Opera House is it needs to be brave and push boundaries, which is what I hope I do in this little song,” Minchin said.
“I was hugely flattered when I was invited to write something special for the Opera House’s 50th that celebrated it as a monument to what is possible when we think big. To remind us that our not-entirely-mythological ‘larrikin’ spirit is the same spirit that allows us to be bold and brave and not care too much what other people think.”
The video released to celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th year features Tim Minchin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Ziggy Ramo, Zahra Newman – Sydney Theatre Company, John Bell – Bell Shakespeare, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Elma Kris – Bangarra Dance Theatre, Kira Puru, Cathy-Di Zhang – Opera Australia, William Barton, Courtney Act, Jimmy Barnes, Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year Students and Associate Artists, Lucy Guerin dancers, and DirtyFeet dancers.
Play It Safe Video Credits
Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin
Director: Kim Gehrig
Executive Music Producer/Arranger: Elliott Wheeler
Cinematographer: Stefan Duscio
Creative Agency: The Monkeys, part of Accenture Song
A Revolver X Somesuch Production
Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs: Brett Weymark OAM
Choreography: Lucy Guerin
Choreography of Bangarra Dance Theatre: Stephen Page
DirtyFeet Rehearsal Assistant: Sarah-Vyne Vassallo
Presented by Sydney Opera House in partnership with Tourism Australia.