The Year Of Voting Dangerously- a satirical look at the events of 2016

Christmas is coming, time to look back at the year of 2016 with all its perils and pitfalls. And what a year it’s been- the double D election, the Brexit vote, the dwindling prospect of an orange President of the USA, and much, much more! Now Turnbull’s struggling to look like a winner, Abbott’s backbench smirk says he would have done better, and Shorten’s carrying on as if he’d been the victor. And in the Senate, Hinch and Hanson are happy, Lambie and Leyonhjelm are laughing, Bernardi and Brandis are beaming, and Abetz is antsy.

As Malcolm himself says, there’s no more exciting time than right now to satirise the lot of them, so that is exactly what Shortis and Simpson, will do in their brand new show The Year of Voting Dangerously. Yes, just when you thought you could forget how ludicrous our political climate has become, this hilarious cabaret duo will have you laughing and crying as they look at not-quite-a-year of the foibles and follies of our political leaders. It’s funny, poignant, informative, entertaining, and very dangerous. So strap on your seat belt, slap on your helmet, and don’t miss The Year of Voting Dangerously.

CATCH IT AT…

Bungendore Bowling Club, Turallo Terrace, Bungendore Sat Nov 5, 8pm, bar open from 7pm, $30/$25 concession (plus booking fee). Bring your own picnic (no BYO alcohol, full bar service). For bookings go to  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-year-of-voting-dangerously-a-satirical-look-at-2016-tickets-28026347560

OR…

In the lounge room of Keith and Jenny McKenry, 121 Fenton Drive,Harcourt North, (near Castlemaine, Vic). Sat 12 Nov 2pm, $20.Bookings fangedwombat@bigpond.com or (03) 5439 6525

OR…

St Thomas’ Church Hall, Beaconsfield Rd, O’Connell (near Bathurst), Sat Nov 19, 8pm, $30/$25. BYO picnic/drinks. Book 0421 060973

OR…

Teatro Vivaldi, ANU campus, Fri Dec 2, 7pm. 3 course dinner and show $70/$80/$90 (depending on seating). Show only, 8.30pm, $30/$40/$50. Book 6257 2718 or enquiries@vivaldirestaurant.com.au

StringSing 2

After an extremely successful event 2 years ago, the strings of Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and the singers of Worldly Goods Choir are joining forces once again in StringSing 2.

Compéred by Moya Simpson, the concert will feature a host of new material and Shortis arrangements.

A couple of themes will run through the concert, one of which is a tribute to some of the notable figures of the musical world we have lost in the last year- David Bowie, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Stevie Wright (The Easybeats), and George Martin (the legendary Beatles producer and arranger).

Another is seafaring- which will see a mandolin journey through the Mediterranean, and a vocal voyage from Finland to Argentina and back.

And more- South American, Vietnamese, Zimbabwean, Eastern European, US Gospel, and an original John Shortis song, all while day becomes night over beautiful Lake Ginninderra.

Worldly Goods is a community choir of eighteen years, is open to anyone and requires no previous experience or music-reading skills. The choir is run by Moya Simpson, with arrangements and original material by John Shortis

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra, formed in 2003, brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, guitar and double bass. The musical director is Michael Sollis.

Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen, Sunday Sept 18, 5pm, $25/$20 (plus booking fee). To book

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stringsing-2-tickets-27209384000

Also…

Braidwood Goes Balkan- The bent rhythms and spine-tingling harmonies of Bulgaria and Georgia, in a 4-hour workshop led by Moya Simpson. Anyone is welcome, singers and non-singers alike. Brag Hall, Wallace St. Braidwood, Sun Sept 11, 10am-2pm, $25/$20 conc.

Bookings essential: 6238 1827 or email moyajohn@shortisandsimpson.com

StringSing 2

 

After an extremely successful event 2 years ago, the strings of Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and the singers of Worldly Goods Choir are joining forces once again in StringSing 2.

Compéred by Moya Simpson, the concert will feature a host of new material and Shortis arrangements.

A couple of themes will run through the concert, one of which is a tribute to some of the notable figures of the musical world we have lost in the last year- David Bowie, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Stevie Wright (The Easybeats), and George Martin (the legendary Beatles producer and arranger).

Another is seafaring- which will see a mandolin journey through the Mediterranean, and a vocal voyage from Finland to Argentina and back.

And more- South American, Vietnamese, Zimbabwean, Eastern European, US Gospel, and an original John Shortis song, all while day becomes night over beautiful Lake Ginninderra.

Worldly Goods is a community choir of eighteen years, is open to anyone and requires no previous experience or music-reading skills. The choir is run by Moya Simpson, with arrangements and original material by John Shortis

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra, formed in 2003, brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, guitar and double bass. The musical director is Michael Sollis.

Belconnen Arts Centre, Emu Bank, Belconnen, Sunday Sept 18, 5pm, $25/$20 (plus booking fee). To book–

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stringsing-2-tickets-27209384000

Also…

Braidwood Goes Balkan- The bent rhythms and spine-tingling harmonies of Bulgaria and Georgia, in a 4-hour workshop led by Moya Simpson. Anyone is welcome, singers and non-singers alike. Brag Hall, Wallace St. Braidwood, Sun Sept 11, 10am-2pm, $25/$20 conc. Bookings essential: 6238 1827 or contact moyajohn@shortisandsimpson.com

 

 

Stop the Votes (We want to get off)

Election Night Special at Teatro Vivaldi

On Saturday July 2 it will all be over. After 8 long weeks the promises, black holes, gaffes, missteps, bluff and bluster, the long-winded election campaign will come to an end. The votes will stop.

To celebrate, Shortis and Simpson are creating a mini tally room at Teatro Vivaldi, with election coverage, as well as comedy, cabaret, quizzes and karaoke.

The bar at Teatro Vivaldi will be open for food and drinks.

Teatro Vivaldi, ANU campus, Sat July 2, 7pm, $25/$30/$35 Bookings 6257 2718 or enquiries@vivaldirestaurant.com.au

Out of the Cabinet 1990 and 1991

OUT OF THE CABINET

For the very last time, Shortis & Simpson present their annual show that accompanies the release of the cabinet documents, this time of 1990/91- when we had the recession we had to have, when Keating became PM, and Hewson made it to Opposition leader. Milli Vanilli were caught miming, Nirvana were smelling like teen spirit, Freddie Mercury died, Sinead O’Connor burst on the scene, and the Wiggles were born. Once again, Shortis & Simpson will be joined by Dr Nicholas Brown, who will give his take on the cabinet documents. And it’s the Enlighten Festival, so come and bathe in the warm glow of illuminated public buildings, and be entertained and informed at the same time. National Archives, Sat Mar 5/12, 6.30/8.30pm, $15.29 (plus small delivery fee) To book.

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=OUTOFTHE16

Political satire with mirrors

It’s the post-Abbott era, Turnbull is walking the thin line between liberal and Liberal, and Shorten is no longer anyone but Abbott. In this election year, S&S have put everything on the table to present songs and stories so up-to-date that the ink will be drying on the page, as well as reminding you of some of the highlights and lowlights of the budget fumbles and poll tumbles of the Abbott years. All you can do is laugh, and what better way to do that than with the songs and comedy, quirkiness and poignancy of Shortis and Simpson. The Famous Spiegeltent, Civic Square. Sun Feb 21, 6.30pm, $35/$30. To book go to:  canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/shortis-and-simpson/

OUT OF THE CABINET                                                                   For the very last time, Shortis and Simspon present their annual show that accompanies the release of the cabinet documents, this time of 1990/91- when we had the recession we had to have, when Keating became PM, and Hewson made it to Opposition leader. Milli Vanilli were caught miming, Nirvana were smelling like teen spirit, Freddie Mercury died, Sinead O’Connor burst on the scene, and the Wiggles were born. Once again, S&S will be joined by Dr Nicholas Brown, who will give his take on the cabinet documents. And it’s the Enlighten Festival, so come and bathe in the warm glow of illuminated public buildings, and be entertained and informed at the same time. National Archives, Sat Mar 5/12, 6.30/8.30pm, $15.29 (plus small delivery fee) To book.http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=OUTOFTHE16

 Also coming up….                                                                -Worldly Goods Au Naturel! Worldly Goods Choir at National Archives to accompany Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, National Archives, Fri Mar 4/11, 7.30pm. Free.

-Shortis and Simpson at the Cobargo Folk Festival- Cobargo Showground, Feb 26-29, cobargofolkfestival.com

-The Power and the Passion-Accompanying the Midnight Oil exhibition, Shortis and Simpson give their unique musical take on the music and politics and social history of this important Aussie band.. Fri Mar 18, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Details soon.

 

 

Songs to Die For

Accompanying the exhibition Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre & the portrait

 The die is cast, as comedy cabaret duo, Shortis and Simpson present Songs To Die For, a musical exploration of society’s morbid fascination with criminals and death.

John Shortis, with his usual rigour (rigor Shortis), has dug up songs of convicts and pickpockets, murderers and mayhem that have laid buried in libraries and Archives for years. And he has given birth to brand new original songs of terror and torture.

Moya Simpson, with her flair for comedy and versatile singing has exhumed music hall gems that relive the humour and tunefulness of the time, and has breathed life into folk songs of convicts and bushrangers.

In their inimitable fashion Shortis and Simpson weave these songs together with fascinating, surprising and entertaining stories that will slay you in the aisles.

Don’t miss Songs To Die For. You’ll die laughing, dead set.

At the National Portrait Gallery, situated in the dead centre of Canberra’s gallery precinct. Fridays Jan 22/29, 6pm/7pm. Free. No bookings required.

And coming up….

Shortis and Simpson with up-to-date political satire at The Famous Spiegeltent, Civic Square. Sun Feb 21, 6.30pm, $35/$30. To book, go to canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/shortis-and-simpson/

Cobargo Folk Festival- Shortis and Simpson with political satire, plus Good Evening Europe (history of Eurovision) with surprise guests, plus appearances in FolKwizz (Spicks and Specks meets RocKwiz, meets folk) Cobargo Showground, Feb 26-29, cobargofolkfestival.com

Worldly Goods Au Naturel Worldly Goods Choir at National Archives to accompany Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, National Archives, Fri Mar 4/11, 7pm. Free.

Out of the Cabinet-To accompany release of cabinet documents 1990/91. National Archives, Sat Mar 5/12, details soon.

The Power and the Passion-Accompanying the Midnight Oil exhibition, Shortis and Simpson give their unique musical take on the music and politics and social history of this important Aussie band. Fri Mar 28, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Details soon.

Not Quite Christmas

A satirical, seasonal tour

Christmas is coming, time to look back at the year of 2015? Well, not quite!

But what a year it’s been! We’ve had Abbott coming a cropper, Turnbull pulling the stopper, Bronnie in a chopper, and all of them telling whoppers. The Border Force is a farce, endangered skinks have stopped a coalmine, there have been poll tumblings and budget fumblings, and Malcolm says he will save us all. But can he save us from Bill Shorten?

All is OK, though, because Canberra’s  musical satirists, Shortis and Simpson, have been methodically, purposefully, judiciously and steadfastly, in an orderly and businesslike manner, amassing a whole new batch of songs. Yes, just when you thought you could forget how ludicrous our political climate has become, this hilarious cabaret duo will have you laughing and crying as they look at not-quite-a-year of the foibles and follies of our political leaders.

And as the silly season approaches they will add in the odd yuletide reference. You’ve heard of Christmas in July, maybe even Christmas in December. This is Christmas in November. Well, not quite! It’s funny, poignant, informative, entertaining, and coming to a town near you.

Café Wood Works, Bungendore, Sat November 14, 6pm. 3 course meal and show $75. Sold Out!!


Robertson Community Technology Centre, 58-60 Hoddle Street Robertson. Fri Nov 20, 7.30 pm. $30/$25 concession. Beverages and snacks available. Bookings trybooking.com/JJLQ

Nerrigundah AG Bureau, Nerrigundah (25 minutes drive west of Bodalla on Eurobodalla Road), Sat November 28, 8pm. $30 (includes a light supper at interval). Ring 44735460, or email johnpamlizzie@hotmail.com

 Teatro Vivaldi, ANU campus, Fri/Sat December 4/5, 7pm (3 course dinner and show) $70/$80/$90, show only $30/$40/$50, 8.30pm. Bookings 6257 2718

 

Floriade NightFest

1.MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR

-a musical journey through Canberra’s cultural institutions, with S&S and Worldly Goods choir

Shortis & Simpson and Worldly Goods Choir take you on a musical journey through the rich vein of Canberra’s cultural institutions. Join them as they uncover precious singable gems from the National Library and Film and Sound Archives, vocalise moving tales from the War Memorial and National Archives, and sing of Prime Ministers who once led our country from what is now the Museum of Australian Democracy. What better way to experience these important stories than through the sound of a large and joyous community choir, and the originality and wit of Shortis and Simpson.

Sat Sept 26, 7.30pm/8.30pm, free after entry

And…

2.RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVES

-cabaret meets the rich collections of the National Archives, S&S alone

Shortis and Simpson raid the National Archives and their own vast catalogue of songs to explore some of the major landmarks of the last 100 years- Anzacs, conscription, immigration, Prime Ministers, the Constitution and much more. The Archives rich resource will provide personal stories and interesting gems of information that will perfectly complement the wit and poignancy of Shortis and Simpson’s original and collected songs.

Sun Sept 27, 7.30/8.30pm, free after entry

Coming up…Shortis and Simpson’s only satire show of the year- Not Quite Christmas- Bungendore Woodworks Café, Sat Nov 14, Teatro Vivaldi Dec 4 and 5. More details soon.

Jelly Beans, a pop-up choir

On Thursday 6 August at 7pm, I Fagiolini, the exciting English a capella vocal ensemble, will be performing in Llewellyn Hall as part of Musica Viva’s International Concert Season­­ __ and Shortis and Simpson are presenting a pre-show show that gives a quirky take on I Fagiolini, their repertoire, and a capella singing in general. The group’s name translates as ‘Little Beans’, so Shortis and Simpson are forming a pop-up choir called ‘Jelly Beans’, who will join S&S in their performance, Hear 1-minute potted biographies of the likes of Monteverdi, Poulenc and Moliere, and take a quick trip through a capella in the chapel and on the streets, from the Bible to South Africa, to work songs and doo wop.

And the Jelly Beans pop-up choir is open to all singers, so if you’d like to join, a workshop will be held at Belconnen Arts Centre on Sunday August 2, from 2-5pm.

But note- participation in the choir and attendance at the performance is only available to people with tickets to the I Fagiolini concert. For more info on the concert and how to book, go to…. http://www.musicaviva.com.au/whatson/international-concert-season-2015/musicians/IFagiolini

To join the choir register at canberra@musicaviva.com.au.

 

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