In 1999, You Am I frontman Tim Rogers broke out on his own to record his first solo album, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls. Fifteen years later, playwright Aidan Fennessy turned the album into a stage play which examines the blossoming of an unlikely romance in contemporary Australia.
Now, that production is heading to Brisbane Powerhouse for just over a week of raw, complex and highly relatable urban romance. Running from October 25 to November 4, it's a record come to life and one entertaining show.
Tash (Sophie Ross) is a feisty singer in an indie rock band. Johnno (Johnny Carr) is a pizza delivery guy 'from the wrong side of the tracks'. Then one fateful night — yep, you guessed it — their worlds collide (to a Rogers-arranged soundtrack). If you're looking to see Timmy Rogers treading the boards than you're sadly out of luck, but to hear his songs transformed into theatre will undoubtedly bring new life to a classic album.
Image: MTC / Jeff Busby.