Entertainment

Through his eyes: Evoking the spirit of John Lennon

John Waters - Looking Through A Glass Onion
John Waters - Looking Through A Glass Onion

RATHER than trying to impersonate a musical icon as well as a legendary figure, John Waters wants to bring the essence of John Lennon to life on stage.

"I wanted to evoke his honesty, bitter-sweet humour, self-criticism and disdain for pretentiousness and pomposity," Waters said.

"The thing that separates this from other shows is that is has an emotional content that moves people. It's about a man, who deep down was dealing with the issue of, being an abandoned child … and he had to work through all of that. He was at his peak where he was happy and was being a father, and then he was shot …it's a real tragedy."

Created by John Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta in 1992, their unique production of Looking Through A Glass Onion has already done a massive 137-date tour in 2010-11-12, and are now returning with their "up close and personal" two-man show, while gearing up toward launching the production Off Broadway in New York.

One of the "highest selling Australian Artist tours in recent years", the pair are back to deliver the show to Rockhampton audiences at the Pilbeam Theatre on August 24.

While speaking to John, it was clear his passion for his art and the performance hadn't waned, with a career in the entertainment industry spanning decades.

"My motivation for this show was the things I wanted to say about him," Waters explained.

ON TOUR

WHAT: Looking Through a Glass Onion

WHERE: The Pilbeam Theatre

WHEN: Sunday, 24 August, 8pm

TICKETS: Adult $55

www.seeitlive.com.au or phone 4927 4111

"I wouldn't say I'm a devoted fan, I love the music but I was part of the 60s rock revolution. I use a voice, I don't dress up ... I have a blast, and I enjoy it because it's one I've devised myself."

The show is not a cut-and-paste biography of Lennon or an emulation of the original recordings. On stage, with shadows from the lighting arrangement fluttering over his face, Waters explores the man through song and spoken word.

It's part-concert and part- biography, though it doesn't seek to tell the full story of Lennon's life.

"They get transported, and the big word that he always used, they 'imagine' John Lennon," he said.

"I get a great thrill of being there, playing music and performing and talking honestly from the heart.

"I love the fact that I can do things myself, like produce the music with my musician friend Stuart," Waters said.

Topics:  john lennon john waters pilbeam theatre



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'Bitterly disappointed': Tonight's CBD street party cancelled

Quay st Riverside.

STORM FORECASTS ruin plans for massive Rocky CBD street party.

She drove 7 hours to sell mangoes, and then a thief struck

Jason Pfingst of Lilly Pilly Organics wants to grow the Yeppoon Markets, as part of the new Relish Capricorn initiaitive.
Photo: Contributed  /  Rural Weekly

Sharon drives down almost every week to sell her mangoes

WATCH: Police detail Rocky Doctor's alleged sex crimes

REVEALED: Rocky surgery where alleged sex crimes took place revealed.

POLICE DETAIL alleged sex crimes against women.

Local Partners

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

Rocky vacancy rates drop from 7%

Community

Herron Todd White have called this a "positive influence”.

Developer's fast-track multi-million dollar Rocky project

GOING, GOING, GONE! Property developers reveal masterplans of the Springbook development.

HIGH-DEMAND leads developers into fast-tracking a huge project.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Rocky's 10 cheapest houses on the market right now

10 cheap houses for sale right now

EXPLAINED: What will become of Stanage Bay after expansion?

CONCERNS AIRED: Tina Mitchell, Amanda Roberson and Maree Haynes from Stanage Bay to meet with Defence Department representatives.

Residents concerns about impact of Shoalwater expansion on town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!