The Songs of Jesse Adams
Click on this link to read more about the musical in a report by Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
And, click on this link to read a recent review on the musical, which was described as ‘prophetic, gutsy, moving, compelling’.
Set in the turmoil of social change and political unrest of Australia during the 1960s, The Songs of Jesse Adams traces the meteoric rise of a boy from the bush – a farmer’s son who breaks away to follow his heart, his dreams and his love of music. But, as Jesse travels with his band and the crowds gather, it becomes clear that something else is afoot. This rock singer captivates and transforms a host of fans who hear his songs and encounter his touch.
Lives are changed in unexpected ways and the enigmatic Jesse becomes a symbol of hope and freedom for those on society’s edge. But not all will celebrate the rising tide of influence of this charismatic figure whose words and actions challenge those in power – the media, the politicians, the church. In one tumultuous week this clash of ideals comes to a head – with profound consequences.
Awash in all the protest and collapse of conservative Australia, the colour and madness that was the sixties, The Songs of Jesse Adams is a tale of conflict, betrayal and tragedy, but ultimately the triumph of love.
Brilliantly written, and as a ’60s’ child so resonant … beautiful descriptions and character development … so plausibly recontextualising the original and biggest story … a future classic – Tim Costello.