Saturday, 8 July 2017

Pageant Theatre - 1973 - Here We Go Round The Prickly Pear FLAC

Prickly Pear/Four Foxes/Nautical Yarn/Annnabel Lee/Biby/Woor Woman/Discretion/Spring And Fall/Finnegans Wake/Ballad Of Red Fox/Unknown Citizen/Take Me Down The Harbour /Time Is Running Out

The Pageant Theatre Company was the first theatre-in-education company in Australia. NIDA graduate Jaceb Beaton started it in 1967 as a way of entertaining children while teaching them classic texts. By 1971 the company was doing more than 2500 performances per year, including Glass Menagerie, Under Milkwood and its own pop and poetry festival, Here We Go Round The Prickly Pear. Featuring poems from T.S. Eliot, Roger McGough, Kath Walker and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Prickly Pear toured schools and even did a season in the snowfields over winter before some of the most popular pieces were committed to vinyl. The poems were set to music by Michael Caufield and the album was co-produced by David Woodley-Page who is also credited as "Chief Enthusiast". Unknown Citizen was originally a W.H. Auden poem and the track features some incredible female vocals from either Ros Spiers or Isobelle Gidley.

Gus McLean - piano, electric guitar, clarinet, vocals
Ros Spiers - vocals
Isobelle Gidley - vocals, piano
Michael Caulfield - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, composer, arranger, producer
Danny Adcock - bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Jaceb Beaton - director
David Woodley-Page - producer

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