LITERARY LEGENDS: Dead Men Talking is a 90 minute stage musical scripted and performed by veteran actors Max Cullen and Warren Fahey. Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson will appear at the National Theatre, Braidwood, on May 7 and Mothers Day, May 8.
Dead Men Talking is a 90 minute stage musical scripted and performed by veteran actors Max Cullen and Warren Fahey.
The pair will bring Australia’s two legendary bards back to the centre stage as they yarn about old times.
The lively one act show finds the two legendary literary figures having a casual drink at the Leviticus Bar andGrill, Heaven’s Gate, and yarning about their legacies.
Slightly cantankerous, yet grateful of their old friendship, Henry Lawson (Max Cullen) and A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson (Warren Fahey) discuss each others’ lives including their famous ‘War of Words’ in The Bulletin.
Lawson and Paterson left extraordinary legacies to Australia.
Our national identity was born in the bush,of feistiness and determination where pioneers battled with bushfires, floods, droughts, insect plagues and, quite often, authority and the banks.
They also fought loneliness and despair but somehow-or-other came out the other side to build this great nation.
Lawson and Paterson emerged at a time when we needed masterful storytellers who would talk to us in our own language and at our own level.
They both took the old bush stories and songs and gave them back to us in a colloquial literary catalogue that bridged the gap between bush and city.
Max Cullen is a celebrated Australian actor for stage and screen.
He is best known for roles in Skippy, The Flying Doctors, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, My Brilliant Career and The Great Gatsby.
Born in Wellington, NSW, and now living in Gunning, he has a great affinity with the bush and the stories that contributed so much to the Australian identity.
Warren Fahey has been honoured with the Order of Australia, Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal, The Bush Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2010, Australia’s highest prize for lifetime service to music,The Don Banks Music Award. He prefers to say he is a graduate of the Dingo University of the Outback.
The Mother’s Day concert is of special interest to Batemans Bay district readers but call quickly because tickets have sold well and not manyare left.
Historic Braidwood is only an hour’s drive and this concert at 2pm makesthe showa perfect Mother’s Day gift.
Tickets are $35,concessions $27.50,available at theBraidwood Community Bank(02) 4842 1700and at the Visitors Information Centre on weekends.
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