Looking For Lawson is a musical odyssey through Henry Lawson’s most beautiful poems including the gut wrenching Past Carin’ and Scots Of The Riverina, the revolutionary Faces In The Street, the melancholic Do You Think That I Do Not Know and the comic When Your Pants Begin To Go, along with the deep introspection of After All and The Shame Of Going Back.
The poems are presented in the order Lawson wrote them, along with wonderfully textured anecdotes, and show the way his ideas developed as his life unfolded. Composer John Thorn is joined on stage by legendary Australian performer Lindsay Field (John Farnham Band) and the wonderfully talented Emily Taheny (Mad As Hell ABC TV) to present the remarkable and moving story of one of Australia’s greatest writers through his own words.
John Thorn uses a range of styles including Marches, Tangos, English Music Hall, European and Irish Folk tunes and Torch Songs to add further flavour to Lawson’s words. There are echoes of composers such as Jacques Brel, Astor Piazzola, Joni Mitchell and even the Anglican Hymn Book – timeless melodies that sound equally fresh and familiar enough for the audience to sing along
For generations Henry Lawson was on every bookshelf in Australia. Looking For Lawson will delight his lifelong fans and is a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with his work.
ONE SHOW ONLY Sunday 16 June 2019
Venue Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland St, St Kilda