Waters to come to Gulgong

28 Apr

Picture courtesy of John Waters Official Website.

Respected actor John Waters will be the latest big name artist to perform at Gulgong’s Prince of Wales Opera House.

The multi-talented Waters is bringing his Looking Through a Glass Onion tour to the historic town in June.

The national tour, which commenced at the end of 2010 at the Sydney Opera House, is a tribute to John Lennon, dedicated to his ‘music, mystery and memory’.  The show features 31 of Lennon’s songs intertwined with a spoken monologue, exploring the essence of the great musician.

Originally created in 1992 by Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, the show has received positive reviews and had sell-out success, touring multiple times including to London’s West End.

Booking organiser for the Gulgong Opera House, Brian Cook was very surprised when he got a call from John Waters himself wanting to bring the show to Gulgong.

So surprised in fact, that he accidently double-booked.

“We were going to get John Waters on Sunday, only we’ve got a film booked in so, I’m sorry John Waters, you don’t get precedence over somebody that’s running a film,” Mr Cook jokes.

He explains that films are occasionally shown at the theatre, and that artists wanting to book a show need to fit around the schedule of the Opera House, which includes the local Eisteddfod and performances by the local Musical and Dramatic Society.

“They’ve got to fit with what our program is, which is the real funny thing,” Mr Cook says.

The Prince of Wales Opera House holds the title of Australia’s longest continually running opera house, having been built in 1871.  The original iron bark roof creates such impressive acoustics that microphones aren’t needed, which Mr Cook believes is part of the appeal.

Other famous artists to perform at Gulgong include pianist Roger Woodward, trumpeter James Morrison and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Looking Through a Glass Onion will be performed at the Gulgong Prince of Wales Opera House on Friday June 15.

Here’s some reviews of Looking Through a Glass Onion:

‘Looking Through A Glass Onion’ by Helen Barry – Australian Stage

‘John Waters: Looking Through A Glass Onion’ – Beat

‘Looking through a glass onion’ by Lynne Lancaster – Artshub 

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