Land­ing for Moon show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Tanya MacNaughton

PER­FORMER and play­wright St John Cowcher’s ab­sence from last year’s Fringe World pro­gram in­spired him to write one-man show TheManAnd The­Moon for Fringe World 2016.

“I saw a show while I was in In­di­ana about a year ago by a guy called Ethan Lip­ton that was a mix­ture of sto­ry­telling and great mu­sic and I thought ‘I want to do that’,” Cowcher said.

“I also have a fas­ci­na­tion and love for the moon; it’s the beau­ti­ful du­al­ity of ro­man­tic sym­bol but also prag­matic sci­en­tific in­ter­est. I think it has been and con­tin­ues to be fer­tile ground for cre­ative in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Cowcher teamed with di­rec­tor Mark Storen, dra­maturge Adam Mitchell and sound de­signer Brett Smith for the story of self-dis­cov­ery about a man (played by Cowcher) whose life has lost its shine.

“It's a bit like wan­der­ing into a smoky jazz club in down­town New York and watch­ing a di­shev­elled man tell you his life story while he sings funny and sad songs to you,” Cowcher said.

“It's got su­per-fun mu­sic and a manic hu­mour to it.”

A three-piece jazz band fea­tur­ing Smith on sax­o­phone and per­cus­sion, Djuna Lee on dou­ble bass and Gabe Fatin on pi­ano backs Cowcher.

“I spent a lot of my youth lis­ten­ing to Dizzy Gille­spie, Stan Getz and Fats Waller and then when I got older a bunch of Tom Waits and Van Mor­ri­son,” he said.

“I think I also imag­ined want­ing to be like Tom Waits when I got older – all sharp one-lin­ers and gruff world­li­ness.”

Cowcher said TheManAndThe Moon was a story of un­re­quited love with the joys and chal­lenges that come with it.

“Some­times the love you can’t ob­tain or strug­gle to ob­tain can change you for the bet­ter and the jour­ney can teach you more than you could ever re­alise,” he said.

“We want to break your heart and make you laugh in equal mea­sure, and then maybe have a drink with you af­ter­wards.”

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