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Nitty Gritty – True Stories Told by Real Humans

A unique event celebrating the Tasmanian experience, hosted Rachel Berger


In 2018 over two nights we heard powerful, funny and courageous stories told by members of our community, ordinary people with extraordinary experiences. We were so inspired by their resilience, grit and sense of humour we’ve decided to do it again with two new themes, embarrassment and triumph. Creator of this special project and your host is comedian Rachel Berger. Rachel is passionate about creating work that leads to a better understanding between different groups and individuals within our community. Storytelling helps the listener make sense of the world, understand the viewpoints of the other and see ways to take action.

In Nitty Gritty 2.0 Rachel once again brings untold stories and unfamiliar voices into the public arena giving them social currency, reaffirming our humanity, and bringing us all closer. This diverse group of storytellers are all uniquely Tasmanian whether they were born here or arrived from elsewhere and have made Tasmania their home. Each night 5 storytellers will share their stories and bridge the divide, creating a shared sense of the world.

Nitty Gritty is a powerful community event based on authenticity, commitment and trust between the storytellers and the audience.


Rachel Berger  is one of Australia’s favourite stand-up comedians and a woman of remarkably diversified talents. In addition to playing the xylophone and carving avocado pips into small Buddhas, she’s recently stopped feeling guilty. Her material encompasses contemporary lifestyles, offering a hilarious and poignant expose of human foibles.

There are no cows too sacred for this Berger.  

Rachel’s high public profile has done much to establish the position of women in comedy, providing a distinctive voice for women’s opinions and viewpoints.