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Show gives intimate look at icon John Lennon

INNER ICON: John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta will perform in Bundaberg and Rockhampton next month.
INNER ICON: John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta will perform in Bundaberg and Rockhampton next month. Contributed

FOR the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of John Lennon one of the most fascinating icons of our time.

John Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta are returning to central Queensland next month with their "up close and personal" two-man show while gearing up toward launching the production Off Broadway in New York.

"It began its life as a small venue piece with just Stewart D'Arrietta and myself on stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. I made my entrance from a kitchen and climbed over patron's laps to scramble onto a tiny raised platform in the corner of the room. The audience and I were inescapably intimate with each other from the very start, and I kinda like that. Not every venue we play this time around can be exactly like that, but it's the feeling I want to create - to take the show back to its roots," said Waters.

The show is not a cut-and-paste biography of Lennon or an emulation of the original recordings.

On stage, with shadows from the lighting arrangement fluttering over his face, he explores the essence of the man through song and spoken word. Waters becomes synonymous with Lennon.

He shies away from imitating the artist, but so emotive is his performance, it lulls the audience into believing anything is possible.

It's part concert and part biography, though it doesn't seek to tell the full story of Lennon's life.

"Rather than to impersonate, I wanted to evoke his honesty, bitter-sweet humour, self criticism and disdain for pretentiousness and pomposity," said Waters.

LIVE SHOWS

  • Bundaberg: Friday, August 22 at The Moncrieff Theatre. Bookings on 4130 4100.
  • Rockhampton: Sunday, August 24 at The Pilbeam Theatre. Bookings on 4927 4111.

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