John Waters to celebrate Lennon at Castle Hill RSL

John Waters.

John Waters.

A homage to the memory and music of John Lennon will take to the Castle Hill RSL stage on Saturday, May 31.

The Looking Through a Glass Onion production starring John Waters and Stewart D'Arrietta will explore the essence of the late Beatles' frontman through song and spoken word.

"Rather than to impersonate, I wanted to evoke his honesty, bitter-sweet humour, self criticism and disdain for pretentiousness and pomposity," Waters said.

"The song Glass Onion was John Lennon's postscript to The Beatles. It had such a strong image of crystal ball-gazing and peeling away the layers that it inspired the format for this show — a kaleidoscope collage of song, word, emotion and image," D'Arrietta said.

Waters said the show was not a cut-and-paste biography of Lennon or an emulation of the original recordings — it doesn't seek to tell the full story of Lennon's life.

For audiences, the show is either a trip down memory lane or an introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating figures of our time.

"It's been fantastic the response the show is receiving, especially from the younger audiences that are coming along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music," Waters said.

Songs performed include A Day in the Life, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, and Imagine.

■ Tickets: $47. Bookings: 8858 4800.

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