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Psychedelics: The future of therapy?

Sat 5 Aug

7:00pm – 7:55pm

$27 – $39 + Booking Fee

Theatre Royal Studio Theatre at the Hedberg

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Experience: Talk

Themes: Conversation Starter | Future Tech | Mind Blowing | Unseen

Access: Auslan Interpreting | Seated Option | Wheelchair Access

This might blow your mind

Hear from leading clinical psychedelic researcher, Dr Paul Liknaitzky, in conversation with acclaimed author Heather Rose, as they discuss the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs and why Australia is poised to spearhead their use in the treatment of mental illness.

Our MC for this event will be Mark Horstman.

Immediately following this performance, the audience and speakers will be invited across the street to Beaker Street’s Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Featuring delicious food and drink, live music, science/art exhibitions, 150+ scientists to chat with, and more — you won’t want to miss it!


Dr Paul Liknaitzky

Paul Liknaitzky is Head of the Clinical Psychedelic Lab at Monash University, and Chief Principal Investigator on a program of psychedelic trials. He is a Senior Research Fellow within both the Dept of Psychiatry and the Turner Institute at Monash University, and earned an Honours in Neuroscience and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. In Australia, he is an Investigator on several of the country’s initial psychedelic trials across multiple institutions, has coordinated a number of psychedelic therapist training and supervision programs, and leads the first clinical psychedelic lab. His work is focused on a rigorous program of research in clinical psychedelics that seeks to innovate on treatment design, evaluate therapeutic effects, mitigate known risks, explore potential drawbacks, and understand therapeutic mechanisms.

Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels and a memoir. Her seventh novel – The Museum of Modern Love – won the 2017 Stella Prize and the Christina Stead Prize and has been widely translated and is being adapted for film. Heather’s most recent novel Bruny won the ABIA 2020 General Fiction Book of the Year and is being adapted as a six-part tv series. The play of The Museum of Modern Love, written by Tom Holloway, debuted at the 2022 Sydney Festival. Heather’s latest book is the memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.


Mark Horstman

Mark Horstman is an experienced science journalist, fortunate to travel Australia and the world making documentaries for ABC-TV. Specialising in Antarctic science communication, he is currently working for the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership at the University of Tasmania. He’s motivated by the belief that to protect Antarctica and the Southern Ocean is to protect the future of our life on this planet. He enjoys telling strong and engaging stories in print, video or podcast that bring scientists to the audiences they deserve. And he’s proud to have been part of the Beaker Street Festival since it started in 2017.

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If you’d like to request one or two free tickets, please let us know. If we can offer you a seat, we’ll notify you by email.

AI-generated image using prompts, 2023. Midjourney. Courtesy of Beaker Street.

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Theatre Royal Studio Theatre at The Hedberg

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Opening in 1837, Hobart’s Theatre Royal has been the home of contemporary theatre in Tasmania for more than 185 years and is Australia’s oldest working theatre. This national treasure occupies an important place in the hearts of Tasmanians and many visitors to Hobart.

The newly opened Studio Theatre within The Hedberg is a state of the art venue suitable for a variety of performance formats. This contemporary performance space can seat up to 300 audience members and the intimacy of the theatre supports the story tellers and artists presenting in the theatre.

Eat and drink

There are three bars to choose from for a pre-show beverage: the Theatre Bar, Circle Bar and Studio Bar. The bars offer a selection of beverages and snacks for you to enjoy during the show. Food and drinks purchased from the bars are permitted inside the venue (excluding hot items). Cash and eftpos payment accepted. The venue is a licensed premise, and alcohol purchased elsewhere may not be brought onto or consumed on the premises.


Inside the main entrance a multi-level foyer space provides lift access to all levels. The Studio Theatre has dedicated seating options for wheelchair users and their guests, and there are accessible seating options in the Stalls. The Studio Theatre is equipped with an Assistive Hearing System and welcomes guests accompanied by guide, hearing or assistance dogs. Please call the Theatre Royal Box Office if you have any queries relating to access.

Corner of Campbell & Collins Streets, nipaluna/Hobart

Box Office: 03 6146 330

Walkthrough to the Studio Theatre for the Beaker Street Talks Program

The Theatre Royal entrance is located on the corner of Campbell Street and Collins Street. There are glass automatic doors into the level 1/ground floor foyer. These doors face the intersection at a 45 degree angle. The Theatre Royal is fully wheelchair accessible and has a very helpful team who can answer any questions. 

From the automatic doors there are 15 stairs to level 2 or lift access to the left of the staircase, go to level 2 for the box office if you don’t have tickets otherwise go to level 4 for the Studio Theatre foyer, bar and Studio Theatre access. From the lifts on level 4, walk straight about 5 metres to the bar and/or turn right for accessible toilets

If taking the stairs walk up to level two and continue straight and then sharp right to the second set of stairs. Walk up these stairs then hard U-turn to the third floor foyer, continue round to the next set of stairs which will take you to the fourth floor foyer which is the Studio Theatre foyer, bar and Studio Theatre access. The bar is straight in front of you.


Once at the Bar you can order a drink. There is wine, beer and simple spirits as well as soft drinks and nibbles. Feel free to ask the bar staff for the full menu.

Once facing the bar’s service area, turn left for the theatre entrance, which is about 10 metres straight.


After leaving the lifts head straight to the bar then turn right for accessible toilets.  

If arriving via the stairs the accessible toilets are to the right of the bar.

The accessible toilets are gender neutral and we encourage that you use whichever toilet makes you feel comfortable. 

Female toilets are to the left of the bar and male toilets are to the right of the Studio Theatre Access.

Theatre Entrance:

Once past the bar, continue straight for about 10 metres. You will go through two sets of doors which are staffed by Theatre Royal Front of House staff who will show you to your allocated seat. 

Info Booth:

The Beaker Street Info Booth will be positioned 15 metres straight from the lift, or to the left of the top of the stairs. There will be volunteers behind a trestle table who can tell you about the talks, the rest of the Beaker Street program and how to navigate the Theatre Royal, as well as being all round good humans who love a chat. 

After the Talks:

We invite you to head to the Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) after each talk session. TMAG is located near the corner of Campbell Street and Macquarie Street. The Festival Hub @ TMAG is a free event with music, food, booze and lots of science. After each talk there will be music along Campbell Street leading you to TMAG- follow the Points of Sound! 

When in doubt please ask our wonderful volunteers, they are equipped with lots of information!