THE third and final performance of the highly successful premiere season of the Campaspe Players production of The People’s Poet: Henry Lawson in Verse and Song will be presented at The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia on Sunday.
The show has been staged to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Henry Lawson’s birth, to celebrate his enormous contribution to Australian culture and literature.
Writer and producer of the project, Echuca historian and folk musician, Gwen Potter, said the season has been a runaway success with great attendance and audience response at the first two stagings at Kyvalley and Echuca in October.
“They were very responsive to humour and invitations to sing along, and two couples even got up and spontaneously participated when “Henry” and his mate were selecting waltzing partners; it was fantastic!”
“The response from people really has been great and I think it underlines the tremendous level of interest that still exists in Lawson’s work and the timelessness and relevance of his perspective, even in this day and age”, Gwen said.
The production utilises Lawson’s own poems to tell the story of his extraordinary and sometimes tragic life, with some of the works adapted to music, all performed by the Campaspe Players, a group of district performers with special interest in Australian history and folklore.
The lead role of Lawson will be played by Echuca’s Ken McMullan.
Ken is also the director, drawing on his wealth of experience in theatre and music performance, and making great use of his fine tenor voice.
Other players include accomplished Kyvalley bush poet Mick Coventry as Henry’s mate, and musicians Irene Labbett, Wallace Williams and Gwen Potter.