Mark Seymour Highlights Grim Toll of Asbestos
Brief interview with Mark in relation to appearing in the musical Dust.
Author: Patrick McDonald, Adelaide Now.
Date: 7 April 2013.
Mark Seymour highlights grim toll of asbestos in new theatre show Dust.
Australian rock star Mark Seymour has added his voice – and songs – to the rising anger over the grim toll asbestos is taking on the community.
The former Hunters & Collectors frontman has written songs about the building material and its deadly effects, which he will perform as part of the theatre show Dust in Adelaide next month.
“My jackhammer into the wall/Pretty soon the dust is gonna fall/That old poison from long ago/She’s the devil you know,” he sings in Legend of the Snowmen.
“The legal history behind asbestos goes right back to the early part of the 20th century,” Seymour said yesterday.
“There was anecdotal evidence to indicate people were dying and getting sick.”
Seymour was working with writer-director Donna Jackson on another show for the Melbourne Workers’ Theatre when they started hearing stories about asbestos.
“A number of the building workers kept talking about asbestos and how they had been to six funerals in the last six months,” Jackson said.
Seymour joined the cast of 60 local performers, including the Born on Monday Choir and Urban Myth Theatre Company, for rehearsals at Port Adelaide yesterday.
“This is the industrial heartland where there would have been boilers with asbestos wrapped around them, and ships where it was used a lot for insulation,” Jackson said.
Dust, which combines theatre and rock’n’roll with sideshow and multi-media elements, will be performed at the Queens Theatre, city, from May 3 to 5.
Tickets are available from trybooking.com