Actor bringing acclaimed show to city
Monday, 12th March, 2012
By Darrin Manuel
John Waters is inviting music lovers to an intimate evening to explore the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon.
The well-known actor is bringing his acclaimed “Looking Through A Glass Onion” show to the city this month as part of a national tour.
The show is a theatrical presentation of the life of John Lennon, and weaves theatre and the spoken word with Lennon’s timeless hits.
The tour began in November 2010 at the Sydney Opera House, and a sell out two-week season saw the production extended throughout 2011 with 30,000 ticket sales.
Speaking from his Sydney home during a rare break from touring and filming the hit new TV series “Offspring”, Waters told the BDT he was looking forward to returning to the city for the first time in more than 25 years.
He was last here in the mid 80s while filming the crime drama Alice To Nowhere.
“I did some filming on a few locations outside town ... I thought the place was amazing,” he said.
“It’s one of those incredible outback towns with a huge history, and it was big - much bigger than I thought.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never done a show in Broken Hill and it should be great. This tour has allowed us to go to a lot of places we wouldn’t normally be able to get to.”
Waters has attracted international acclaim for his portrayal of Lennon in the show in which he provides an insight into the star’s character without looking to imitate him.
“Rather than to impersonate, I wanted to evoke his honesty, bitter-sweet humour, self criticism and disdain for pretentiousness and pomposity.”
The show also showcases Waters’ singing talent as he and his band play their way through 31 hits from Lennon’s Beatles and solo career.
“We basically perform the songs and I string them all together in a series of monologues.
“When you tie all the songs together and put them in context they tell a real story, because so much of his writing was autobiographical.
“It’s like playing your favourite John Lennon songs and getting an impression of what he may have been like, the way he’d speak and his thoughts.”
Waters promised that audiences will be treated to a unique performance, and said the show had been gradually refined as the tour progressed.
He said there had been a lot of “chopping and changing” with what songs will appear in the show, but the set list was now settled and includes favourites such as “A Day In The Life”, “Jealous Guy”, “Revolution” and “Woman”.
“It’s all sitting exactly right now, and it’s a bit of a case of if ‘it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
“But the show changes with my mood, and also with the audience’s mood. It has a different dynamic every time and that’s one of the great things about a live show.
“It’s a great piece of communication between me and the audience, and it’s just a fantastic pleasure to perform.”
Along with the thrill of portraying a music icon, Waters said the show also provided a sense of satisfaction in carrying on Lennon’s philosophy and outlook on life.
“His work says so much. He was a great communicator and he was a real political animal as well.
“I’m a bit of an old hippie and I like to continue his message. He was talking about giving peace a chance, and although in some ways the world hasn’t changed much - there is still a lot of war - I like to continue the message and keep the fires burning.”
Looking Through A Glass Onion will be staged at the Civic Centre on March 31 before Waters takes the show to Broadway next year.
Tickets are on sale now at $55 ($50 concessions) and can obtained via the visitbrokenhill.com.au website or by calling 8080 3575.