a witty look at the world of wordsmiths

The final show in the Q’s season in 2011 saw John Shortis’s quirky take on some of the world’s great songs and songwriters, but from the point of view of the lyrics- performed by Shortis & Simpson, with Peter J Casey, Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill- directed by Carissa Campbell.

‘….a lively and funny celebration of wordsmiths from Johnny Mercer
to Paul Kelly, tracing musical lineages from W.S. Gilbert, via Ira Gershwin to
Tom Lehrer, all explained with John Shortis’ trademark wit. Anyone with a love
of the written word will get a real kick out of the way John teases apart the
triple rhymes of Lorenz Hart, explains the device of throwing in a foreign word
as a rhyme and demonstrates how Rolf Harris originally taught him how to scan. ……Backed by the versatile Ian Blake on saxophones and bass, Jon Jones on drums and Dave O’Neil on guitars and a mean bluegrass electric fiddle, and with segments by talented cabaret artist Peter J. Casey on baby grand, Moya Simpson’s voice bends to every genre you can name, from jazz standards to country, rock and folk. Most notably, Moya performed a spine-tingling, faithful and beautiful cover of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights which was worth the entry price alone….’

Cathy Bannister- Stage Whispers Dec 3 2011         

Q Theatre Queanbeyan,
Fri/Sat Dec 2/3, 8pm, Sun Dec 4, 5pm.