Back by “Popular Demand” after packed houses at the festival 2013, The Man They Call The Banjo explores the intriguing origins and exits of leading characters in the life of “Banjo” Paterson and his anthemic story of The Swagman of Waltzing Matilda.
The year was 1895. Banjo Paterson and his fiance, Sarah Riley travelled to outback Queensland. Soon after their arrival Sarah hoped to announce their wedding date. But then Christina Macpherson sang Craigielee. The secret love story behind Australia’s favourite song – Waltzing Matilda.
The Man They Call The Banjo is written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe is based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s Allen & Unwin publication Waltzing Matilda – The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song. The performance features Cory Corbett as Banjo Paterson, Fleur Murphy as Christina Macpherson, Colin Driscoll as The Swagman, Cora Browne as Sarah Riley, and Felix Meagher as Robert Macpherson, with musicians Ewen Baker and Lou Hesterman. Directed by Wolf Heidecker
Written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe – based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s highly rated Allen & Unwin publication, Waltzing Matilda – The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song.
This is great unmissable theatre with a marvellous cast showing at woolsheds and at this coming festival. Who was The Banjo and what really happened to The Swagman? Find out at at the Port Fairy Folk MUSIC Festival on March 8, 9. (Pic Credit: The Warrnambool Standard )