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Lennon – Through a Glass Onion - Interview with John Waters

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Entertainer John Waters joined me for a 'Coffee Break' to chat about his live show Lennon: Through A Glass Onion.

How did you come up with the idea of Lennon: Through A Glass Onion?
It was through the memories of John Lennon and my love for his music that I decided to personalise a show about him by channelling him in a way that means I didn't have to dress as him but could present his music to other people.

Tell us a bit about the show Lennon: Through A Glass Onion?
The show takes a journey inside John's head and gets you closer to knowing what sort of man he was and that was my objective with it.

How did the name come about of the show because there are so many great John Lennon songs?
Glass Onion is the name of a Lennon song which featured on the "White Album" and it describes Lennon's tongue in cheek retrospective of the Beatles era and I thought it made a nice analogy for remembering things but not entirely clearly – a little distorted… who knows what the glass onion is, it doesn't matter.

Has Yoko Ono seen Lennon: Through A Glass Onion if so, what were her reactions?
Yoko Ono knows the show very well from DVDs and scripts and CD recordings etc, but it has some very confronting images of the death of Lennon and I wouldn't invite her to attend to be honest as I think it would put her through the worst memory of her life. She knows what we do and how strong the images are of John Lennon and feels we are doing story in the right way and that is why she is supporting us.

How many songs are performed in Lennon: Through A Glass Onion?
31 songs, either in full or in part.

Image supplied by John Waters

Do you have a favourite song from Lennon: Through A Glass Onion?
Yes, Strawberry Fields Forever – it's a definitive John Lennon song for me.

As you've grown older has your view of John Lennon changed?
I would say I've learnt a bit more about John Lennon through other people's reactions and the reactions of people who knew him personally and who have seen the show in the UK and New York City especially – their stories and anecdotes have really increased my knowledge about the guy.

The show has evoked strong emotions from some audience members. What sort of reactions have you seen?
I have seen people in tears after a show, literally in tears, and feel deeply moved by the show.

At one stage you had a five piece band, why did you decided for this tour to have yourself and Stewart on stage?
The show started in this format with myself and Stewart. I believe it's most intimate and most powerful in getting the message across in this stripped down performance.

Image supplied by John Waters

You performed the show in London and New York. Can you tell me about this experience?
It's always fantastic to reach a big audience in the two main theatre cities in the world so I think it's been incredibly fortunate that we've been able to play both those cities and hopefully we can go back.

Can people come and met you after the show?
Yes, Stewart and I sign merchandise at the end of the show and talk to our audience.

Music is your first love, but Australians know you also as actor. Can you tell me about some of your roles?
Well, I first started out on the Australian children's series Play School some 20 years ago… I've also appeared in other TV series such as All Saints, Offspring and most recently the ABC TV series Rake.

Do you have any hobbies?

Not really, just work.

What is your favourite food?
Italian food.

Image supplied by John Waters

Do you have a favourite movie?
No not really… I don't really play the favourites games… there's things I like and things I don't like but nothing that stands out as a favourite in particular.

What is your idea of a good holiday?
One where I don't lose anything.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what items would you take with you?
My guitar.

Is there anything which you don't you leave home without?
I'm a light traveller… I leave home with as little as possible.

John Waters will be performing Lennon: Through A Glass Onion at Arts Centre Melbourne from 23 to 25 March, 2018.

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Why? Celebrate the 25th anniversary performing Lennon: Through A Glass Onion
When: 23 - 25 March
Phone: 1300 182 183
Where: Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Cost: $39.00 to $89 plus booking fee.
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