Getting There-Gordon Multimedia
Getting There is an original Australian musical written by Chris Gordon, primarily around the songs of Pat Drummond along with two songs by Geoff Drummond and one by Chris Gordon. The songs of the Drummond brothers evoke a truly Australian tone while the narrative unifies the songs into one cohesive unit as an old-fashioned style of musical set in contemporary Australia.
Its central character, Matt, is being bullied at school and is allowed a week off to work at the school's booth at the Royal Easter Show. There, he meets Julie, a country girl, and the narrow perspective of his purely city-based life is expanded. While away from school, something terrible happens to his best friend for which he blames himself and Matt takes flight from school, his family, from Julie... from everything. The story picks up six years later when a family problem causes him to return back to the life he left behind. Can he face his past, and can he make amends?
The story includes contemporary topics such is bullying, job insecurity and the difficulties of life on the land, set against the themes of standing up for yourself, finding where you belong in life and the enduring nature of love. The title can be taken on several levels... the physical place we aim to be, the metaphoric sense of life being a journey and the quintessential Australian attitude... equal parts optimism and pragmatism... that accepts we don't have all of the answers, that life isn't perfect, but we're working on it. We're getting there.
Getting There had its world premiere in Goulburn at the Goulburn High School from August 3 to August 18, 2018 and received very positive feedback from audiences. It struck a chord with its positive feel-good message, songs that ranged from Aussie pub rock to folk and country, and story elements facing Australians today. The musical is available for hire and would suit theatrical companies looking for a uniquely Aussie show.
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