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Tomfoolery - The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer

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Includes performances of the 5 infamous banned songs

Tomfoolery, The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer returns to Adelaide for a limited five-performance season from 18 to 22 July at the Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park.

The show is being reprised for a 10th Anniversary tribute to the late Michael Fuller, director and choreographer of the sell-out 2008 Adelaide Fringe season of Tomfoolery at La Boheme. Tickets are now on sale through Marion Cultural Centre.

When acclaimed American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist and Harvard mathematician Tom Lehrer performed in 1960, the SA Playford government banned him from singing 5 songs publicly. The banned songs 'Be Prepared', 'My Home Town', 'When You are Old and Grey', 'The Irish Ballad' and 'I Hold Your Hand In Mine' were all considered to be too naughty and controversial for the genteel sensibilities of Adelaide audiences.

However, as the Sunday Mail printed the lyrics of all the songs, Mr Lehrer commented that it must be his singing voice that was the issue and the government definitely had a good argument!

Presented by Loaded Productions, directed by Nicholas Cannon and starring Catherine Campbell, Hew Parham and Sean Weatherly with chamber pianist Mark Sandon, Tomfoolery will feature performances of 23 of Lehrer's most famous songs including the 5 songs which the deeply conservative Playford and McEwin Liberal Government controversially banned in 1960. Producer Sean Weatherly notes "when you listen to the songs today, almost 60 year later, it's very hard to tell why they were banned at all, but they are still clever pieces."

Audiences can also look forward to renditions of 'Poisoning Pigeons in the Park', 'Pollution', 'I Got it From Agnes', 'National Brotherhood Week', 'The Masochism Tango', 'The Old Dope Peddler', 'The Vatican Rag' and 'We Will All Go Together When We Go'.

Catherine Campbell is best known for her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Curves and My Blue Angel: Marlene Dietrich and the winner of two Advertiser Fringe Awards for Excellence; Hew Parham is a graduate of Flinders University Drama Centre and became part of the multi award winning Berlin Cabaret playing the na´ve Rudi with his infamous Potato/Potato, Gibberish Opera and Mime Saw routines. He was the first Australian Clown to be accepted into New York Clown Theatre Festival and the Sangenauy Fringe in Quebec. Sean Weatherly returns from Melbourne, following his hit with Price Check! The Musical, which premiered at the Bakehouse in 2016.

Don't miss this opportunity to see Tomfoolery: The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer - there are only 5 performances!

Evening performances will be held on Wednesday 18 July at 8pm, Friday 20 July at 8pm & Saturday 21July at 8pm.

Matinee performances will be held on Thursday 19 July at 1pm & Sunday 22 July at 3pm.

Tickets are prices as followed: Adult $38, Concession $35 and Group (10 or more persons) $32pp

Special Offer: Thursday 19 July Matinee - All tickets $25

Secure your tickets today by phoning (08) 8375 6855 or online at

The show will be performed in cabaret style with round tables. Bar facility available with cheese platters.

For more information about Tomfoolery, the cast and ticketing options, please visit

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When: Wednesday 18 July to Sunday 22 July
Where: Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Cost: $25-$38
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