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The Hanging of Jean Lee


The Hanging of Jean Lee

  • Date: Saturday, 7 December 2013, 7:30pm
  • Venue: North Melbourne Town Hall (Arts House) — 521 Queensberry St, (Cnr Queensberry St and Errol St), North Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $25 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (03) 9322 3713

Event Details

A razor-sharp ‘underbelly song cycle’, The Hanging of Jean Lee traces the life of the last Australian woman hanged, at Pentridge Gaol in 1951. Inspired by Melbourne poet Jordie Albiston’s chilling verse biography, Lee’s story plays out in a dramatic concert version with original music, lyrical text and haunting projections. Jean Lee, along with lover Robert Clayton and criminal Norman Andrews, were convicted for torturing and murdering 73-year-old bookie William ‘Pop’ Kent. When questioned, Lee perversely confessed sole responsibility, attempting to protect her lover.

Post-punk music genres infuse a score that evokes a dark underworld and exposes raw emotions, performed by iconic Melburnians including Max Sharam and Hugo Race (Bad Seeds). Andrée Greenwell’s music veers poignantly from erotic charge to sharp lament, combining pop, impro and jazz forms to create a unique ‘theatre of music’. Backed by a seven-piece band, including legendary jazz musicians Lachlan Davidson and Greg Spence, Andrea Keeble, Hanna Silver, Willy Zygier (Deborah Conway), along with Lucas Taranto and Joshua Barber (both of Gotye).

Warning: Contains images that may disturb some viewers.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9322 3713 or by email to artshouse@melbourne.vic.gov.au

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