Marking 50 years since The Beatles toured Australia

50 years ago, in June 1964, conservative Australia was rattled by a visit to our shores by the ear-splitting, long-haired, yeah-singing phenomenon that was The Beatles. Booked at a bargain rate before Beatlemania had hit, they won our hearts with their quick-witted irreverent humour, refreshing optimism, and sheer good music.

For The Beatles themselves it was a nightmare round of sterile hotel rooms, dingy dressing rooms, hectic civic receptions, bruises from thrown jelly babies, not to mention the screaming fans that drowned out the music to the point that the Fab Four couldn’t hear themselves, and didn’t sound that fab.

When It Was ’64 is performed by Shortis & Simpson with a Fab Band- Kate Hosking (bass and vocals), Jon Jones (drums), Dave O’Neill (lead guitar), Bob Rodgers (rhythm guitar and vocals).

In When It Was ’64, Shortis & Simpson tell the story of Australia at the time, and the effect the visit had on us, interspersed with songs of the era. Then, with the help of the band, they will perform the complete set The Mop Tops played here all those years ago. And for those who can’t sit still, there will be a dance floor. Don’t miss this evening of humour, surprising stories, and great music. Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, Friday June 13. Dinner and show (2 courses) $64, 6.30pm. $29 show only, 8.30pm. (Preferential seating for Dinner & Show patrons.) Bookings: 6283 7288. Info www.cscc.com.au



See Simpson as you’ve NEVER seen her before in this new musical inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s novella of the same name. The story of a doctor living a privileged lifestyle in revolutionary Moscow, until a brutal experiment on a stray dog brings chaos to his ordered life and threatens to destroy his professional reputation and avowed bachelorhood. Satirical, allegorical, and timely.

Street Theatre, Thurs/Fri/Sat 22/23/24 May, 7.30pm. $39/$29 conc. $34 groups of 4 or more. Bookings 6247 1223 or www.thestreet.org.au