Greetings Shirleyphiles and welcome to another 30 minutes or so of low-fi lovliness!
This show deviates somewhat from the usual formula as we bring you all a very
special and rather rare audio piece. When the faithful manservant was a wee lad
and living in the ’70’s he had a penchant for lining up his little tape deck and taping
lots of audio from the television. On this particular occasion it was imperative that
he capture the audio from a documentary about one of modern dance theatre’s
most brilliant and influential performers, Lindsay Kemp. mr.K, being a huge
David Bowie fan at the time knew only too well of the influence mr.Kemp had on
his rock star du jour. The grubby and inquisitive teen that he was, was also well
versed in the writings of Jean Genet. In a state of high anticipation, the teenager
pushed the record button as this documentary began, then sat back to have his
mind blown away by sound and vision, much of it forever burned into his brain
to this day. If only some of the vision from this documentary could be traced or
we had the technology to data dump from one’s brain ….
This is the audio track from a 1975/76 Australian TV show called ‘Funky Road’
on ABC-TV documenting The Lindsay Kemp Company’s first Australian tour in 1975.
The piece was directed by the late Stephan MacLean (The Boy from Oz, Starstruck etc).
Stephen MacLean interviews Lindsay Kemp, Jack Birkett (aka The Incredible Orlando)
and David Haughton. When Kemp & Co. finally brought “Flowers” to Brisbane,
his home town on another tour,, mr.K practically lived in the theatre (Her Majestys)
where it was performed to catch as many performances that he could and was thrilled
to gate crash one of Lindsay Kemp’s classes. He was utterly unprepared for the occasion,
intensely naive and nervous and yet after … forever changed. A formative theatrical
and life experience without a doubt!
So Shirleyphiles, its with great pleasure that we bring you this little slice of audio
wonder which documents one of the most influential theatrical tours to ever visit Australia.
Its at once hilarious and illuminating as it sheds some light on the brilliant Lindsay Kemp
& his key company members’ process, thoughts about mime and performance in general.
Until next time kids, take care and play fair!
radioShirl and mr. Kenneth
Interested in discovering more about Lindsay Kemp & his Company?
A couple of excellent Facebook groups: