Devised and directed by Alan Ingram
Steven Tandy, one of Australia's finest actors, with a resume too long to mention here, was last seen at Noosa Arts Theatre starring in the acclaimed Travels With My Aunt in March this year.
Steven will read a selection of prose and poetry by Henry Lawson, widely considered Australia’s “greatest writer”, and a contemporary of Banjo Patterson, the other great colonial author. Many believe Lawson was the first poet to capture the Australian way of life.
Through the reading, Steven weaves the story of Henry’s life—poet and short story writer; a rollicking and sentimental look at Lawson one hundred years on.
‘While the Billy Boils’ (1896) was Lawson's first major short-story collection. It remains one of the great classics of Australian literature. In the magnificent ‘The Drover’s Wife’, describing her loneliness, the appalling hardship of life and her toughness and determination Henry shows himself a master of short fiction.
In the ribald humour of 'The Loaded Dog', he epitomizes the cheeky larrikinism inherent in the Australian character.
The haunting poems such as ‘The Roaring Days’, 'Faces in the Street', ‘Do they think that I do not know’, ‘The glass on the bar’ and ‘On the night train’ cement his place as a poet.
Through his autobiographical fragments, 'Pursuing Literature in Australia', ‘a fragment of autobiography’ and ‘Letter to the Bulletin re drinking’, alongside a telling of his colourful round of escapades in which large amounts of alcohol were consumed and the company of his Dawn and Dusk Club friends, including Fred Broomfield, Victor Daley and Bertram Stevens the other side of his life is explored. Iconic figures such as Archibald and Robertson appear.
The Man On The Original Ten Dollar Note
Noosa Arts Theatre, Webya Road, Noosaville
• Evening - October 19th at 7.30pm
• Matinees - October 19th and 20th at 2pm
• Children, Seniors, Pensioners, Members and Groups: $20
• Adults: $25
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