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Looking for Lawson


Sun 16 Jun 2019, 2:00pm–5:00pm

Where: MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland Street, St Kilda, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: andreaoverseas

Feat. Lindsay Field, Emily Taheny & John Thorn

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.

Described by Barry Humphries as “Miraculous” 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 The Shame Of Going Back.

The poems are presented in the order Lawson wrote them, along with brief background comments and anecdotes, and show the way his ideas developed as his life unfolded. Composer 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.

Looking For Lawson has been performed in all states of Australia to universal acclaim by audiences and critics.

“...the creators of Looking for Lawson are so innately talented, interspersing succinct, compassionate narration with a marvellous selection of Lawson’s work, newly set to music.” - Anthony Vawser, Stage Whispers

“The greatest thing to happen to Lawson since his state funeral in 1922.” - Terry Maher

“What a refreshing contrast, Looking for Lawson is. Beautifully set to music by the composer John Thorn, it makes us think, without pontificating, about the dreams of Australia’s early colonizers and about who we have become.” - Antonio Casella, FringeFeed

"Whether you are a fan of Henry Lawson’s poetry, or have little knowledge of it, you are bound to find this an enjoyable presentation of his work developed into an intimate and contemporary song cycle that really gets to the heart of it." - Giuseppe Mauceri, The F