Dead Men Talking

Dead Men Talking

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Saturday 9th November 2019 | from 5pm

Hopewood House, Bowral NSW

Event ticket types:

Ticket Type #1: Show only | $39.95pp

Ticket Type #2: Show & Supper | $109.95pp

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Australia’s favourite bards, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson, are headed to Hopewood to perform in ‘DEAD MEN TALKING’ with    veteran actors Max Cullen and Warren Fahey.

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Dead Men Talking - the two-man, one-act stage musical devised and scripted by Max Cullen and Warren Fahey, has been a surprising success since it was first performed in 2014. 150 plus performances later…Audiences love it!

The lively one act show finds the two legendary literary figures having a casual drink at the Leviticus Bar & Grill, Heaven's Gate, and yarning about  their legacies. Slightly cantankerous, yet grateful of their old friendship, Henry Lawson (Max Cullen) and A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson (Warren Fahey) discuss each others lives including their famous 'War of Words' in The

Bulletin. They recite poems, sing songs and yarn about past glories and literary legacies - and have a laugh about life’s changing circumstance.

“Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson left extraordinary legacies to Australia and they should never be forgotten. As the world increasingly succumbs to the never-ending and somewhat inevitable pressure of ‘one world culture’ it is vital that small nations like Australia fight back to show their uniqueness. Our national identity was born in the bush and is one of feistiness and determination where pioneers battled with bushfires, floods, droughts, insect plagues and, quite often, authority and the banks. They also fought loneliness and despair but somehow-or-other came out the other side to build this great nation.”

- Warren Fahey


Lawson and Paterson emerged at a time when we needed masterful storytellers who would talk to us in our own language and at our own level. They both took the old bush stories and songs and gave them back to us in a colloquial literary catalogue that bridged the gap between bush and city. They gave us a unique voice that still rings true blue today.

“Cullen and Fahey joyfully bring the two poets and history to life.”

- ABC TV News


Max Cullen is a celebrated Australian actor for stage and screen. He is best known for roles in Skippy, The Flying Doctors, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, My Brilliant Career and The Great Gatsby. In November 2015 he took a two-month break from Dead Men Talking to join Geoffrey Rush in the STC production of King Lear. He has won more awards than you can poke a stick at including a Logie, Sydney Theatre Critics Award, Film Critic’s Circle Award and several AFI Awards. Born in Wellington, NSW, and now living in Gunning, he has a great affinity with the bush and the stories that contributed so much to the Australian identity.  


Warren Fahey has been collecting and performing Australian bush traditions for nigh on 50 years. He is a regular on ABC radio and television.  Author of 30 books, including the centenary edition of A.B. Paterson’s Old Bush Songs (ABC Books 2005). Founder of the pioneer and feisty independent Larrikin Record label he was Australian Music Person of the Year (2000). He has been honoured with the Order of Australia, Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal, The Bush Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2010, Australia’s highest prize for lifetime  service to music, The Don Banks Music Award. He prefers to say he is a graduate of the Dingo University of the Outback.

Event & Ticket Information

9th November 2019

Guests arrival from 5pm

Show between 6-7:30pm

Supper 7:30pm onwards

See Event Flyer & Supper Menu below

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Ticket Type #1

Show only | $39.95pp

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Ticket Type #2

Show & Supper | $109.95pp

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Event is free seating. Buffet Style. Beverages are available through the bars and charged in addition.

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Please book your local Southern Highlands Taxi in advance of the event. Alternatively Hopewood has a limited number of car spaces - please drive your favourite vehicle

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Terms & Conditions / Refund Policy:

If a participant is unable to attend the event and needs to cancel their place, the following will apply:

  • Hopewood House will allow the participant to nominate a replacement participant, as long as the replacement participant agrees to the same arrangements made for the original participant, and Hopewood House is notified in writing; at least (14 Days) prior to the day of the event; or if this is not appropriate;

  • If Hopewood House is notified in writing at least (14 Days) prior to the day of the event; Hopewood House will arrange for a refund of money paid, minus a reasonable administration charge of $20.00 (AUD);

  • Cancellations within (14 Days) of the event - No refunds will be issued.




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