Looking for Lawson

The Poetry of Henry Lawson in Music and Song

The Events Centre
Sun 13 May 2018

Time: 2pm
Tickets: $35.00 / Concession: $30.00
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Described by Barry Humphries as ‘Miraculous!’, Looking For Lawson is an exciting contemporary take on the works of classic Australian poet, Henry Lawson.

Henry’s most evocative poems come to life in new musical settings by composer and musical director John Thorn (Spontaneous Broadway, Background Boy), with echoes of Jacques Brel, Astor Piazzola, and Joni Mitchell, and a dash of Irish Folk charm. Starring ‘show-stopping’ vocalist and actor Taryn Ryan (Once We Lived Here) with Thorn on piano and vocals, Looking For Lawson comes to Queensland for a strictly limited season after critically acclaimed runs at Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and Fringe World Festival, Perth.

“The greatest thing to happen to Lawson since his state funeral” – Terry Maher

“Lawson’s poems, beautifully set to music by John Thorn with the crystal clarity of Taryn Ryan’s voice, embark on a journey that shows his love of Australia, especially its glorious bush (Reedy River), his empathy with the poor (Faces in the Street), his admiration for the daring free-spirits in the anarchic (Taking his Chance).” FringeFeed

CAST: JOHN THORN Piano/Vocals, TARYN RYAN Vocals/Ukulele

John Thorn is an international Cabaret Singer/Songwriter/Pianist. He performs at festivals around the world as a solo artist or accompanist for performers such as Meow Meow, Bob Downe and many others. He has a world-wide reputation for his work in improvised theatre, has composed five musicals, and scored many cabaret shows. John has fifteen Green Room Awards nominations including the 2015 Green Room “Contribution To Cabaret” award. He produces and accompanies the hit impro musical show SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY as well as performing his original solo show BACKGROUND BOY across Australia and recently in London at the famous Pheasantry Cabaret venue.

Taryn Ryan is a Brisbane born actor, singer and theatre-maker currently based in Perth. Her recent credits include Amy in ONCE WE LIVED HERE (Western Sky Theatre), Natalya in LAIKA: A STAGED RADIO PLAY (Second Chance Theatre), Christiane in the 2017 Martin Sims Award nominated play WHEN HE GETS THAT WAY (Ryan/Louttit), and Tracy in the musical short film LIBRARY OF LOVE (Cottesloe Films). Her first full-length solo work THE NAKED TRUTH earned her a nomination for Best Cabaret at the 2015 Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival and was included in the official selection for the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. She has worked as an actor, devisor, and assistant director on the developments of several new Australian theatre works, including a new Australian musical supported through Black Swan State Theatre Company’s 2017 Emerging Writers Program. Outside of productions Taryn works regularly as a commercial voice actor and arts educator. Taryn is a graduate of WAAPA (BA Music Theatre).

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