John Shortis writes songs and scripts, plays keyboard, and spends hours reading newspapers and delving into libraries and archives.

Moya Simpson sings, mimics accents, plays characters, and has a passion for Eastern European music.

Their combined skills make up Shortis and Simpson, producers, writers and performers of productions and projects that are always surprising, original, innovative and wide in their range of styles and genres.

Based in Canberra, they specialise in shows that reflect Australian history and politics in a way that is funny, satirical and informative, with the odd gut-wrenching moment.

They perform regularly at Canberra’s national cultural institutions, and regularly do seasons of political satire.

Since 1998 they have run a community choir, Worldly Goods, still going strong.