The 1948 Show


The stories and the songs of the year in which John and Moya were born

Yes, both Shortis and Simpson hit the big 7-0 this year, and to mark this auspicious occasion they are presenting The 1948 Show, a tribute to the year of their births.

And what a year it was! George Orwell slightly rearranged the numbers to give us the setting of his dystopian novel, 1984. The Holden car was launched amid great fanfare. Israel was born, as was North Korea, and in South Africa apartheid was instigated.

Thanks to 1948 we have Scrabble, the transistor, the Polaroid camera, Velcro, and in Britain the National Health Service, which was introduced two days before Moya was born.

Here in Oz, Prime Minister Ben Chifley was trying to nationalise the banks, while the anti-Red fervour of Opposition Leader Bob Menzies was growing stronger each day.

The 1948 Show will feature hits like Nature Boy, Too Darn Hot, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Slow Boat to China, and many more. There’ll be anti-apartheid protest songs, an Arab-Israeli peace song, along with surprise gems from the likes of Woody Guthrie, and the National Library’s sheet music collection. And there’ll be a medley of classics from other musical 1948 babies like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant, Lulu etc.

And much more, with the usual mix of humour, poignancy, surprising information, personal stories, and, above all, entertainment.

Plus- there’s a special deal for anyone else born in ’48- a great birthday present.

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St Braddon, Fri Sept 7, 8pm
$35/$30 concession/$25 if you were born in 1948 (no proof required, we know what you look like)
Bookings can be made on 6182 0000, or at eventbrite.