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  • Come Down With Us review by Marian Webb


    Performing 'Tuna - Full Sirena

    TIM MCKEW's performance art extravaganza 'Come Down With Us', at William Mora Gallery in Richmond, reprises shows held at Tolarno Galleries in St Kilda, 1979.



    On Friday night, Mckew proved that three-and-a-half decades and a dose of laryngitis could not tarnish the sparkle of numbers like 'Sailor Boys, Sailor Toys', 'Tuna - Full Sirena' and the spooky 'Night Porter'; his mellow tones and clever, cowardesque lyrics were a delight.


    Friends and collaborators Tim Mckew and photographer Peter Haffenden

    Mckew wore a smart white naval uniform, set off by a series of striking hats by Graeme Hare and Carol Murphy. He lamented a fit of born-again Christianity that saw him throw out the mermaid tail to go with his stunning mermaid hat.

    The tail, however, and other pieces of costume history are preserved in photographs by the likes of Rennie Ellis, collages by Vanessa Bianca Harrow and light-boxes by Peter Haffenden. These are exhibited in the gallery floyer.


    Friday night's full house was thoroughly entertained with a tantalizing slice of late 1970s underground theatre. Long may it play.


    Carol Green with Peter Jago at closing night.

    images by Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com
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