Arts & Entertainment

Time Is A Traveller

David Harris

David Harris’ parents had no connection with the theatre; his father worked in coal mines, but one of the greatest gifts they gave him was the freedom to make his own decisions. So, when architecture was abandoned for musical theatre, they were dismayed but let him follow his heart. Rather than choosing theatre, Harris feels it chose him.

The beginnings were humble: the Year 8 school musical saw young Harris cast as Superman but he was so skinny the lycra costume “dripped off” him. That’s well over 20 professional years ago now. Years that span productions that are theatre staples in this country: Miss Saigon, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, Fiddler On The Roof, and The Boy From Oz.

Time Is A Traveller is an intimate production that weaves the songs and stories of an Aussie country kid who forged a successful career in musical theatre.

Working in the original production of The Boy From Oz with Todd McKenney and Chrissy Amphlett was like a finishing school for Harris and the songs of Peter Allen figured heavily in many talents quests from his early years – hence the name of this show. (MMu)

Apr 13, 27 & May 4, Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point, $37.75, hayestheatre.com.au

BY MICHAEL MUIR

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