Echoes of the Jazz Age

Sat 10 October, 7.30pm
57 days from now
It is story-telling for adults, heart-rending and sophisticated... Bell drives the tale with unbelievable pace... a virtuoso performance. Stage Whispers

Presented by Cinque Artist Management

This show has been rescheduled. Tickets for the original date (Sat 18 Apr) will be valid for the new date Saturday 10 October.

The attendance numbers for Echoes of the Jazz age have reached capacity in accordance with the Covidsafe Plan for City Hall, determined by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No. 4). The situation will continue to be monitored as changes to public health orders are made.

The 1920’s Jazz Age was one of the most thrilling decades in history.

In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who invented the term, it was an age of miracles, an age of art, an age of excess and an age of satire. The dazzling events of the era lasted for ten years until, as he put it so evocatively, they leaped to a spectacular death with the Wall Street crash in October 1929.

Nowhere is this period better described than in Echoes of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald’s famous essay on the Roaring Twenties.

And nowhere is the decade’s remarkable aura more brilliantly evoked than in John Bell and Simon Tedeschi’s performance of the same title, in words and music.

Centered around Fitzgerald’s essay, with sizzling quotes from Mae West, Groucho Marx, and Dorothy Parker, and poetry by T.S Eliot, the performance features the irresistible piano music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and James P Johnson, and songs by George Gershwin, Ray Henderson and Fats Waller. Revered actor and director John Bell and renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi are two of Australia’s best-loved artists and in this, their third remarkable collaboration, and a special guest actress, they unite to present a magical, entertaining show to take audiences back to all the brilliance and bedazzlement of the Jazz Age.

Starring John Bell, Simon Tedeschi & Blazey Best

Running time: 100mins inc interval


  • Directed by - John Bell
  • Produced by - Cinque Artist Management
  • Stage Manager - Erin Shaw
  • Lighting Design - Matt Cox
  • Music Curation - Simon Tedeschi and Phillip Johnston
  • Photography - Steve Polydorou
  • Videography - A Space Apart
  • Dress - Vintage Now



  • Saturday 10 October 2020 7:30 PM

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  • Adult $60
  • Subscriber $52
  • Concession $54


  • Civic Theatre Ticket Office
  • 4929 1977


City Hall
290 King Street