Do We Still Have Time For Henry Lawson?
Moderator: Genevieve Jacobs • John Schumann, Richard Roxburgh and String Quartet (CSM)
Henry Lawson was flawed but had a rare gift. In an exclusive festival premiere on the eve of the centenary of his death, legendary musician John Schumann and actor Richard Roxburgh mix a string quartet from Canberra’s School of Music (ANU) with words to explore Lawson’s life, triumphs, failures, and his vision for Australia at a time when we are looking to our history to guide us into our future.
THE ELLERY STRING QUARTET (ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC/WESLEY SCHOLARS PROGRAM)
John Lewis Schumann AM is an Australian singer- songwriter and guitarist from Adelaide. He is best known as the lead singer for the folk group Redgum, with their chart-topping hit ‘I Was Only 19’, a song exploring the psychological and medical side-effects of serving in the Australian forces during the Vietnam War.
Richard Roxburgh is an Australian actor, writer, producer, and director. He has won acclaim for his performances on the stage in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company and others, in Australian films and television series, and in a number of Hollywood productions.
Genevieve Jacobs is the group editor for Region Media, Australia's fastest growing digital news platform. She has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She works with a wide range of Canberra organisations and chairs the ACT Arts Minister's Creative Advisory Council and co-chairs the ACT Reconciliation Council.