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SHORTIS & SIMPSON - A Whiter Shade of Beatles

date | Friday 27 April 2018 at 6pm*  and  Saturday 28 April 2018 at 6pm*

PRODUCED by |  Cafe Woodworks - Bungendore

Location  |  Carrington Inn - Event Centre
53 Ellendon Street, Bungendore, NSW 2621

Pricing |  Earlybird (ends 15th March) $80. | Regular $89. | SeniorCard Concession 5%

INCLUSIONS |  Performance, 3-Course Meal, Photo Booth, Parking.   

DESCRIPTION |  A creative expedition into the music and times when the White Album debuted 50 years ago. 

1968 was a dramatic year. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated. There were anti-Vietnam War protests on our streets, and conscientious objectors were being arrested. On one side of the political divide, Joh Bjelke-Petersen began his long reign in Queensland, and Don Dunstan became Premier of SA.

It was also the year of the jumbo jet, fluoridated water, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on at the movies. Led Zeppelin were born and Cream played their farewell concert.

In the midst of all this The Beatles released two great singles- Hey Jude and Lady Madonna. Then they flew to India to attend a star-studded residential course of meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Amidst this mind expansion they wrote nearly 40 songs, all of which were unlike any they’d written previously.

But it was a time of friction between the Fab Four and when they ventured into the studio they presented a showcase of separate creative pursuits rather than the work of a united band.

The White Album that emerged is incredible and varied, laced with gems like Blackbird, Julia, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Dear Prudence, and running the gamut from rock to lullaby, Jamaican to 30s’ swing to C&W and electronic.

Bungendore’s own cabaret artists Shortis and Simpson bring the era and the songs to life in their unique way, with surprising stories, musical imagination and virtuosity, humour, poignancy and above all, entertainment.

Don’t miss SHORTIS & SIMPSON's original production of  Whiter Shade of Beatles.

Bookings Essential.  Book early to avoid disappointment. 

* Times indicate commencement of the dinner service.  The performance commences approximately 90 minutes later. 


Entree Smoked Salmon and Avocado Salad with Crusty Sour Dough

MainChicken Breast wrapped in Prosciutto with crispy chats and vegetables

DessertSteamed Pudding with butterscotch sauce and nutmeg cream

Vegetarian meals available on request

Beverages not included

Show Bar Opens at 6pm with an a la carte selection of sparkling, red and white wines, local beer, cider, and softies before and during the show. 

About Shortis and Simpson

John Shortis and Moya Simpson teamed up to create their comedy cabaret act in the early ’90s after performing together in ‘Bishop and the Actresses’ and at the School of Arts Café in Queanbeyan.

Their complimentary writing, performance, and theatrical talents make up the Shortis and Simpson productions that are always surprising, original, innovative.  Projects that present a wide scope of styles and genres.

John Shortis writes songs and scripts, plays keyboard, and spends hours reading newspapers and delving into libraries and archives. Moya Simpson sings, mimics accents, plays characters, and has a passion for Eastern European music.

Based in Bungendore, they specialise in shows that reflect Australian history and politics in a way that is funny, satirical and informative, with the odd gut-wrenching moment. They perform regularly at Canberra’s national cultural institutions, and regularly do seasons of political satire.


About the Artists

Moya Simpson

Moya Simpson, singer, actor, and comedian has carved out a career built upon her extraordinary vocal versatility, comic timing and energetic delivery.

She’s sung songs of the Balkans in ‘Mesana Salata’ and ‘Martenitsa’, toured for Musica Viva in, acappella group, ‘Girls In Your Town’, and trained with British singer and voice specialist Frankie Armstrong to develop her own voice workshop skills.

Her comedy cabaret persona emerged when she was a member of ‘Bishop and the Actresses’ with Margret RoadKnight, Kerry-Ella MaCaullay and John Shortis in the early ’90s. This led to performances at the School of Arts Café in Queanbeyan, and eventually the emergence of Shortis and Simpson as a comedy cabaret act.

She has written and performed in her own one-woman show, ‘Close Your Eyes and Think of England’, and had lead roles in ‘Yodel Lady, the story of the yodel’, and ‘Stop Laughing, This Is Serious’, a political satirical musical play by Graham Pitts.

Excerpts from reviews: 

Innately glamorous, blessed with superb diction and a wicked sense of humour…

Simpson is the mistress of innuendo…

She has the capacity to say as much with a raised eyebrow as a lyric…

Simpson is remarkable…

Thrilling the audience with the sheer octave-powered energy of the sliding sounds of the mesmerising yodel…

You’ve heard nothing till you’ve heard the phenomenal Simpson sing …

Moya Simpson’s stunning vocal versatility from the blues to the bossa nova or country and western to samba…

It is Simpson the actor who shines… bringing the house to the verge of tears…

John Shortis

John Shortis is an immensely creative and musical individual. As half of Shortis and Simpson, he writes and performs their shows that feature political satire and reflect his interest in Australian history.

He has composed music for countless theatre productions including for Nimrod Theatre, Tasmanian Puppet Theatre, Dance Company of NSW, Patch Theatre, written music for opera and an orchestral suite for the Adelaide symphony Orchestra, and hundreds of songs for children. John’s creative versatility has also shined in scriptwriting for television and directing several music-theatre projects.

His songs have been recorded by Margret RoadKnight, Jeannie Lewis, Franciscus Henri, the cast of Playschool, and Rolf Harris.

As a music historian, John received a Harold White Fellowship to research the sheet music collection at the National Library. This resulted in a series of Shortis and Simpson ‘Sheet Dip’ shows, performed in Canberra and regional Australia. In 2001 he curated, ‘Between the Sheets’, an exhibition at the National Library that is currently touring the country.

Excerpts from reviews: 

Shortis has a seemingly bottomless well of ideas and a rare ability to range across styles…

A true rarity…  Sophisticated…   Whimsical and witty…

Accomplished and tasteful writing…

Brilliant Australian writer… 

His funny lyrics brim with outrageously skewed rhymes…

Laser-honed approach balancing irony, sarcasm and the sardonic with an air of innocence...

The stinging wit of John Shortis’ dart-sharp lyrics, piercing the bulls-eye of political chicanery…

Shortis is a songwriter of consummate skill, as adept at a swift jibe at Little Johnny as he is at a moving tribute to the courage of the ordinary Aussie battler…


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