Sci-fi ra­dio play has hid­den depths

Cockburn Gazette - - MUSIC -

WHEN Wil­liam Hall saw Michael Jack­son’s Bad and Dan­ger­ous tours more than 40 times, he was not just an­other ob­ses­sive King of Pop fan.

“I was study­ing and learn­ing the whole time,” Hall, who grew up in Los An­ge­les and Texas, said.

“I would go to his con­cert not just to watch him but also his band and ev­ery­thing. I wanted to learn the en­tire spec­ta­cle of what he was do­ing.”

It was while Hall was at col­lege dur­ing the 1980s and singing in dif­fer­ent bands that he was given the idea to pur­sue it fur­ther and on a much larger scale.

“I per­formed a lot of Michael Jack­son and af­ter one show this guy walked up to me and asked if I’d ever thought about tour­ing,” he said.

“It had never oc­curred to me and at the time noth­ing like that had been done. So I put all the songs to­gether first to make it an hour-and-a-half, two-hour show.”

The high­light for Hall, who is based in Las Ve­gas, came in 2011 when he per­formed for the ma­tri­arch of the Jack­son fam­ily, Kather­ine.

His pro­duc­tion man­ager told Hall 10 min­utes be­fore the show that she was in the au­di­ence and his re­ac­tion was “fi­nally”.

“I’d al­ready per­formed for Michael, Joe Jack­son and Jer­maine but I’d never met his mum,” he said.

“She was who I’d re­ally wanted to meet; she was the glue that held the fam­ily to­gether and I’ll never for­get it. One of the first things she said to me was how much I re­minded her of Michael.

“It was a re­ally spe­cial mo­ment and then we both started to cry.”

Hall will per­form his trib­ute show Michael Jack­son – The Legacy Tour at As­tor The­atre on Septem­ber 16, which in­cludes songs from all of Jack­son’s tours in­clud­ing his fi­nal, This Is It.

Com­mu­nity News has 10 dou­ble passes to give away to the show at As­tor The­atre on Septem­ber 16. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by 10am Fri­day, Au­gust 31. A LOVE of sci­ence fic­tion has led to Stephen B. Platt writ­ing and di­rect­ing ra­dio play sit-com @lan­tis as part of his PhD re­search ex­am­in­ing sci­ence fic­tion in live per­for­mance.

Platt said @lan­tis was set in an un­der­wa­ter city in the fu­ture and fol­lowed a team of re­search sci­en­tists as they pushed the bound­aries of sci­ence and dis­cov­ered that more of­ten than not, sci­ence pushed back. The se­ries con­sists of seven episodes, all of which will be per­formed live at Mur­doch The­atre’s Nexus The­atre over seven weeks.

The episodes will also be avail­able to lis­ten to on­line af­ter per­for­mances.

Thought Jar Pro­duc­tions presents: @lan­tis is on two shows a week from Au­gust 21 to Oc­to­ber 4. Tick­ets at www.at­lantis­ra­dio­play.com/live-shows-1.

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