I’ve written of my admiration for Tim Minchin previously, and on Saturday night as a birthday/Christmas gift from my daughter we toddled off to the Palais to see his new show Tim Minchin Vs The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
It was a curiously named event because there was no ‘versus’ towards the MSO at all. But against organized religion and hypocrisy, yes, as you’d expect in a Tim Minchin show (in fact, I wonder if the MSO subscribers who’d opted for this knew exactly what they were letting themselves in for!) I’m not really sure what the MSO was there for, except as an indulgence- a fact which Minchin readily admitted.
The show itself was a combination of old stuff and new material that I hadn’t heard before. I found listening to unfamiliar songs in a large venue with such a strong orchestral backing a bit challenging. But for his earlier material that I have loved and watched several times on video, it was an indulgence for me, too, to sit back and hear a slightly different but still recognizable rendition of his witty, wicked lyrics.
A well-deserved standing ovation at the end, after leaving us with my two favourite songs-
White Wine in the Sun
Ah! I’m so vicariously proud of the lad! How lucky am I to have seen him again.