1.A SHOT IN THE ARM (a satire and a tonic in one show)
Our annual end-of-year satire, a satirical look at the stories of 2021, and what a year it has been! The Year from Hell marked by rollouts, lockdowns, and stuff-ups, as Premiers and Prime Minister wrangle, nerves jangle, and carrots of freedom are dangled.
All at a time when the Minister for Diplomatic Tiffs ‘AUKUS-trates’ a stand-off with the French, the Minister for Pork Barrelling spends $660 million on commuter car parks that haven’t been built yet, and the Minister for Blind Trusts thinks we should trust him blindly. With an optimum election date brewing in the background, Labor is parachuting a high profile candidate into a safe Western Sydney seat, Albo’s gone soft on tax breaks, and wishy washy on climate. Is this the Bland leading the Bland?
With a year like this, we need a good laugh, with songs like Fifty Shades of Gladys, The Jabs and the Jab-Nots, and the lament of the mask wearer, My Gogs Fog Up, and many more to come.
Funny, poignant, and entertaining, don’t miss A Shot In the Arm.
So far only one of the venues has opened for bookings. Here are the details.
The Carrington Inn, 53 Ellendon St, Bungendore. Fri Dec 3, Sat Dec 4. Three course meal, show, and pre-dinner drink $130, Senior Card Concession $117. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=783360&
There will be a full refund if shows are cancelled due to COVID.
(Other dates also planned for Canberra, Jamberoo and Bowning. We’ll update those as soon as we know what’s going on with restrictions).
2. SINGING AND WALKING HOLIDAY at CHARLOTTE PASS
Enjoy a glorious week of singing, walking, great meals, and time to just hang out in the heights of Kosciuszko National Park in the warmth of summer.
The singing will be lead by Moya Simpson, the walks by Jo Cresswell, food cooked by Dave O’Neill, with John Shortis as support for all of the above.
Moya Simpson will bring her usual joy and fun to the singing sessions (1-3 hours a day), with no previous experience needed. The walks will also be 1-3 hours a day, sometimes with a picnic lunch, and will vary in terms of how undulating and steep they are. There will be options some days for those who would prefer an amble. Accommodation is in a charming old ski lodge, all rooms have ensuites.
Saturday 29 Jan to Sat 5 Feb, 2022, Southern Alps Ski Lodge, Charlotte Pass, NSW. Cost (including all dinners, accommodation, singing and walking) $1650 per person in a twin share/double room, limited single rooms $1870 per person. https://jocresswell.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Moya-Charlotte-Pass-Walking-22.pdf
COVID PRECAUTIONS- Jo asks that anyone attending be doubly vaccinated. Hand sanitiser and masks will be provided, surfaces will be sanitised and areas ventilated as required. If there are restrictions for singing, sessions will be held in smaller groups (some with John, some with Moya), and at times outdoors.
3. WHAT DOES A CHOIR DO?
Members of our choir, Worldly Goods, sent in videos of what they did to survive lockdown. John wrote a song, Moya sang it, Roger Ley edited in the videos. Enjoy the result at https://youtu.be/nZxtkVgHyQs
4. UNDER THE INFLUENCE continues in 2022 with our next guest Karen Middleton, chief political correspondent on The Saturday Paper, and a regular on Insiders and The Drum. She also sings and writes satirical songs. Details very soon.