Written By: The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer
Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh and Robin Ray
Musical Arrangements by Chris Walker and Robert Fisher
Directed By: Nicholas Cannon
Directed by Nicholas Cannon and starring Catherine Campbell, Hew Parham and Sean Weatherly with chamber pianist Mark Sandon, the show features performances of 23 of Lehrer’s most famous songs including: Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, Pollution, I Got it From Agnes, National Brotherhood Week, The Masochism Tango, The Old Dope Peddler, The Vatican Rag and We Will All Go Together When We Go. Also included will be the five songs which the deeply conservative Playford and McEwin Liberal Government controversially banned from performance by Lehrer here in Adelaide in 1960.
The banned songs: Be Prepared, My Home Town, When You are Old and Grey, The Irish Ballad and I Hold Your Hand In Mine were all considered to be too naughty and controversial for the genteel sensibilities of Adelaide audiences.
The Advertiser reported that Sir Lyell McEwin called Lehrer ‘Ghoul singer’ whilst years later Lehrer told The Advertiser the ban was ‘the high point of my career’.
Producer Sean Weatherly ponders if Adelaide is ready to hear the five songs the Government banned from being performed in 1960, ‘Perhaps the show will provide a test for Steven Marshall’s ‘tough on crime’ policies, when we will deliberately defy that proclamation banning the five songs. When you listen to the songs today, almost 60 year later, it’s very hard to tell why they were banned at all, but they are still clever pieces’.
Approx. Running Time: 75 minutes
Suitable for ages: All ages
Wednesday 18th July at 8pm
Thursday 19th July at 1pm
Friday 20th July at 8pm
Saturday 21st July at 8pm
Sunday 22nd July at 3pm
Marion Cultural Centre
287 Diagonal Road
Oaklands Park SA 5046
(next to Westfield Marion)
Free Parking/Close train & bus connections
Phone Bookings (08) 8375 6855
$38 Adult/$35 Concession/$32 Group 10+