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February 2020

The Man They Call The Banjo

Time | February 22, 2020 @ 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue | Celtic at Metropolitan, 42 Courtney St.
North Melbourne,Australia
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Cost | $40 – $45

The Waltzing Matilda musical comes to Celtic at Metropolitan.

From the producers of Barry Versus Kelly comes – The Man They Call The Banjo, set during the height of the Western Queensland Shearers strike of 1894, The Man They Call The Banjo tells of the writing of Waltzing Matilda, and the love triangle that poet, Banjo Paterson found himself trapped in while on a visit to Dagworth Station. 

Daughters of pastoralist families, Sarah Riley and Christina Macpherson spar for the affections of Australia’s emerging national poet, and as the engagement of Banjo and Sarah Riley dissolves,
Christina Macpherson provides the melody for the song that becomes Waltzing Matilda in a love affair thinly disguised as a collaboration.

Based on the research of Dennis O’Keeffe and his 2013 publication “Waltzing Matilda – The Secret Story of Australia’s favourite Song,  The Man They Call The Banjo is written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe and features Anthony Penhall (Banjo), Bronwen Coleman (ChristIna), Cora Browne (Sarah), Colin Driscoll (The Swagman) and musicians, Louey Hesterman and Pat Evans.

Tickets $45/40 www.trybooking.com/BGQXH

Enquiries. Felix Meagher felix@bushwahzee.com 

0413-801294

From the producers of Barry Versus Kelly comes – The Man They Call The Banjo, set during the height of the Western Queensland Shearers strike of 1894, The Man They Call The Banjo tells of the writing of Waltzing Matilda, and the love triangle that poet, Banjo Paterson found himself trapped in while on a visit to Dagworth Station. 

Daughters of pastoralist families, Sarah Riley and Christina Macpherson spar for the affections of Australia’s emerging national poet, and as the engagement of Banjo and Sarah Riley dissolves,
Christina Macpherson provides the melody for the song that becomes Waltzing Matilda in a love affair thinly disguised as a collaboration.

April 2020

Runaway Priest

Time | April 15, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Venue | Celtic at Metropolitan, 42 Courtney St.
North Melbourne,Australia
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A new musical play by Felix Meagher entitled Runaway Priest will premiere at Celtic at Metropolitan, North Melbourne on Wednesday April 15, and run through
to Saturday April 18 2020.


The play features Chris Martin-McCombe as the runaway priest Kev. Cora Browne, the devoted church goer whose 14 year old son has missing, and Felix Meagher as the authoritarian and predatory Monsignor Jonah. Runaway Priest also features the gifted Matt Hadgraft on keyboard. The story is set in an imaginary place, Valley Lane, which is situated just down from the Valley cathedral, and known to the locals as the Street of Sighs.


The play examines the issues of abuse within the church, homelessness, and asks the question, can we really turn our faces away?


The proceeds of the opening night on Wednesday April 15 will be donated to Ballarat Men’s Mental Health, and lawyer Judy Courtin and author Christine Foster will speak about some of their direct and indirect experiences of abuse by the church. Judy represents a number of victims of sexual abuse, and Christine’s Hell On The Way To Heaven is an account of the abuse suffered by two of her daughters.

Ballarat Men’s Mental Health will be represented on the opening by Ballarat musician, Peter Blenkiron.

Ticketing will be announced in the new year, and a Pozible funding campaign will be set up to meet some of the production expenses.


Enquiries Felix Meagher felix@bushwahzee.com
0413-801294

A new musical play by Felix Meagher entitled Runaway Priest will premiere at Celtic at Metropolitan, North Melbourne on Wednesday April 15, and run through
to Saturday April 18 2020.


The play features Chris Martin-McCombe as the runaway priest Kev. Cora Browne, the devoted church goer whose 14 year old son has missing, and Felix Meagher as the authoritarian and predatory Monsignor Jonah. Runaway Priest also features the gifted Matt Hadgraft on keyboard. The story is set in an imaginary place, Valley Lane, which is situated just down from the Valley cathedral, and known to the locals as the Street of Sighs.


The play examines the issues of abuse within the church, homelessness, and asks the question, can we really turn our faces away?


The proceeds of the opening night on Wednesday April 15 will be donated to Ballarat Men’s Mental Health, and lawyer Judy Courtin and author Christine Foster will speak about some of their direct and indirect experiences of abuse by the church. Judy represents a number of victims of sexual abuse, and Christine’s Hell On The Way To Heaven is an account of the abuse suffered by two of her daughters.

Ballarat Men’s Mental Health will be represented on the opening by Ballarat musician, Peter Blenkiron.

Past Events

August 2019

Barry Versus Kelly

Time | August 31 @ 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue | The Celtic Club, 42 Courtney St (corner Blackwood St)
North Melbourne,Australia
 The classic confrontation between two very different kinds of Irish Australians – Sir Redmond Barry & Ned Kelly

The tragedy of Australia’s folk hero, Ned Kelly, and the judge who hanged him.

“One of the best stage shows I have seen!”

“It was brilliant! I highly recommend it!”

Feedback suggests that this, over 135 years later, this might be as emotionally as close to the story as you can get.

Feedback from a woman at the Beechworth show said –

“I felt I was right there – Felt how those people must have felt!”

Lynette Williams said of the Mansfield show.

“It was brilliant. I highly recommend it!”

Steve O’Callaghan said,

“One of the very best stage shows I have seen!”

A musical drama by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry who is haunted by Ned’s last words to him.” I will see you where I go.” Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned.

Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor. 

Meanwhile, Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son. Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that “I took a rebel with me.”

Featuring the actors/singers

Ned  – Anthony Penhall,  Ellen Kelly – Cora Browne, Judge Barry – Felix Meagher, Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish – Colin Driscoll, Chief Secretary of Victoria John “Red Kelly – Matt Hadgraft, Chloe – Lucinda Barratt
MUSICIANS   Cyril Moran & Lou Hesterman

 

May 2019

Barry Versus Kelly

Time | May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue | Cafe Sidra, Learmonth VICAustralia

The tragedy of Australia’s folk hero, Ned Kelly, and the judge who hanged him.

“One of the best stage shows I have seen!”

“It was brilliant! I highly recommend it!”

Feedback suggests that this, over 135 years later, this might be as emotionally as close to the story as you can get.

Feedback from a woman at the Beechworth show said –

“I felt I was right there – Felt how those people must have felt!”

Lynette Williams said of the Mansfield show.

“It was brilliant. I highly recommend it!”

Steve O’Callaghan said,

“One of the very best stage shows I have seen!”

A musical drama by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry who is haunted by Ned’s last words to him.” I will see you where I go.” Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned.


Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor. 

Meanwhile, Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son. Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that “I took a rebel with me.”


Featuring the actors/singers Ned – Anthony Penhall, Ellen Kelly – Cora Browne, Judge Barry – Felix Meagher, Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish – Colin Driscoll, John “Red” Kelly/Chief Secretary – Matthew Hadgraft, Chloe – Jodi Toering

April 2019

Barry Versus Kelly

Time | April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue | Gem Theatre, EMERALD VICAustralia

The tragedy of Australia’s folk hero, Ned Kelly, and the judge who hanged him.

“One of the best stage shows I have seen!”

“It was brilliant! I highly recommend it!”

Feedback suggests that this, over 135 years later, this might be as emotionally as close to the story as you can get.

Feedback from a woman at the Beechworth show said –

“I felt I was right there – Felt how those people must have felt!”

Lynette Williams said of the Mansfield show.

“It was brilliant. I highly recommend it!”

Steve O’Callaghan said,

“One of the very best stage shows I have seen!”

A musical drama by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry who is haunted by Ned’s last words to him.” I will see you where I go.” Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned.


Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor. 

Meanwhile, Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son. Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that “I took a rebel with me.”


Featuring the actors/singers Ned – Anthony Penhall, Ellen Kelly – Cora Browne, Judge Barry – Felix Meagher, Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish – Colin Driscoll, John “Red” Kelly/Chief Secretary – Matthew Hadgraft, Chloe – Jodi Toering

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