About Me

A photo of me from the 1990s, turned into a mock album cover called Love Songs for True Lovers

Thanks for stopping by.

I have been a professional critic for approximately 30 years and am a member of the prestigious Adelaide Critics’ Circle and an Honorary Life Member of the Theatre Association of South Australia.

Through the decades I have written for several daily and weekly newspapers, national online outlets, and a magazine or two. I was also a weekly presenter on radio for about 10 years.

Back in 1996 I created the Adelaide Theatre Guide, which proudly thrives today under the leadership of an amazing volunteer team. I was previously the Editor of the Encore arts magazine, and used to run my own radio theatre company, Insight Presents. I also won a Best Actor award once upon a time, although I don’t act any more.

When not involved with the entertainment industry, I am an independent advocate and volunteer outreach worker for refugees, asylum seekers and prisoners. Every month I travel over 700km to do prison visits and I spend much of my time in between helping new Australians settle in and understand western culture. I was a State finalised for the Local Hero Australian of the Year award in 2014 and a Pride of Australia nominee in 2013.

My current gig is as the Entertainment Editor for Glam Adelaide’s film & television and book portfolios, having originally joined the company in 2009 as an Arts reviewer. I manage two volunteer review teams as part of this role.

Outside of all that, I work full time in ICT and am the proud father of one of the most inspirational guys I know.

You may often see me referred to as The Lovely Rod, which is a nickname I’ve had since the late 1980s! It started as a joke relating to Russell Churney, the pianist on Julian Clary’s comical British TV game show of the time, Sticky Moments. Julian usually introduced him as “the lovely Russell”. I won’t get into how that name transferred over to me but the name stuck and, to this day, I am often introduced to people as The Lovely Rod so I eventually just adopted it myself as my common moniker. If nothing else, it’s a conversation starter!

If you would like to get in touch, please use the form on the Contact Me page, or follow me on Twitter @StrtegicRetweet. I try to be interesting… if not, Lovely!

This is a photo of me in the Australian Outback, November 2016.