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Musical inspired by Tim Freedman songs gets opening date

Thursday 6 February 2014

Musical inspired by Tim Freedman songs gets opening date

A new musical to premiere at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney, called Truth, Beauty And A Picture Of You is based on the characters and storylines that inhabit the works of Tim Freedman of The Whitlams.

It works because director and producer Neil Gooding is a big Whitlams fan, and digs into the material. He understands how Freedman songs strike a chord because they are about every day people and every day thoughts. No Aphrodisiac, Blow Up The Pokies and You Gotta Love This City appear away from the context of Whitlams records but about lost love, lost friends and lost youth.

“As a long time fan of Tim Freedman and The Whitlams, I am incredibly excited to be bringing Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You to the stage for its premiere production," said Gooding. "Watch as classic Australian songs such as No Aphrodisiac, Blow Up The Pokies and You Gotta Love This City are re-framed into an original storyline about love, friendship, youth.....as well as lost love, lost friends....and lost youth."

The story was written by Freedman and Alex Broun, and is about how Tim hunts down the surviving members of his late father’s band.

"Tim's music and lyrics have always captured a timeless essence of human interaction – love, longing, loneliness – that is at first very local but also deeply universal," said Broun.
 "And that is why I think his songs strike such a deep chord in all of us. We all have been there, felt that, done that - at some point of our lives."

Truth, Beauty And A Picture Of You, named after the band’s hits set, starts on May 9.

Dates: May 9 – June 1

Opening Night May 14

See www.hayestheatre.com.au.

 

- Christie Eliezer

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