Henry Lawson Tales

October 09, 2017

Keen performers: Scriptwriter and producer Gwen Potter, musician Wallace Williams, actor and show director Ken McMullan as Henry Lawson, bush poet Mick Coventry as Henry’s mate, and musician Irene Labbett.

Drama and tragedy are all part of the tale of well-known Aussie poet Henry Lawson whose wide collection of works continues to delight almost 100 years after his death.

To celebrate Mr Lawson’s accomplishments and 150 years since his birth, the Campaspe Players created a special production titled The People’s Poet: Henry Lawson in Verse and Song.

The production opened on Sunday at Kyvalley hall to a good crowd and will be in Echuca on Sunday, October 29, and Nathalia next month.

The People’s Poet: Henry Lawson in Verse and Song was written and produced by Echuca’s Gwen Potter and features Echuca’s Ken McMullan as Henry Lawson and Kyabram’s Mick Coventry as his mate.

Ms Potter said they had been working on the production for six months and it was a challenging, but fun experience to learn how to speak in Henry Lawson’s voice.

‘‘Henry Lawson celebrated mateship, endurance and kindness in the bush and the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s,’’ she said.

‘‘He truly helped shape our Australian identity.

‘‘He wrote about what he had experienced himself and was the voice of the people.’’

The People’s Poet: Henry Lawson in Verse and Song will see the performers recite and sing more than 20 of his most-loved poems.

Ms Potter said the production was sure to surprise people as they learned more about the setbacks and disadvantages the poet faced across his life.

‘‘Yet he had unquenchable faith in his own talent and kept writing his legendary short stories and verse through all of it,’’ she said.

The People’s Poet: Henry Lawson in Verse and Song will be at the Echuca-Moama Uniting Church hall, Hare St, Echuca, on Sunday, October 29 at 2pm. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door on the night or by phoning 0429 801 342.

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