Appealing Onion set for Big Apple
Waters compares his acclaimed show, Looking Through a Glass Onion, to a favourite album. One part of the two-man show that pays homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon, Waters says it’s something people want to see time and again. ‘‘It’s like your favourite album that you get out to play all the time. The songs are everlasting,’’ he says. Created by Waters and Stewart D’arrietta 20 years ago, Looking Through a Glass Onion features more than 30 songs, including Strawberry Fields Forever, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, Jealous Guy and Imagine. Waters says it’s a performance piece. ‘‘We play some of the songs in their entirety, others just grabs and pieces,’’ he says. ‘‘I read a monologue in a John Lennon voice. It doesn’t really have a story, it’s the scattered remnants of his life. Rather than to impersonate, I wanted to evoke his honesty, bitter-sweet humour, self-criticism and disdain for pretentiousness and pomposity.’’ The show debuted at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney in 1992. Waters says he tries to keep every performance as intimate as the first. ‘‘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,’’ he says. This round of shows will be the last chance for regional Australia to see it before they hit the big stage. ‘‘We’ll be taking it to Broadway in New York next year and are in discussion with Yoko Ono on aspects of the New York shows.’’
John Waters’ plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast tonight at 8. Tickets are $65.
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