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Leonard Cohen on HYDRA
-Songs & Tales of Bohemia

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Debut Performance

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George Johnston on
Sidney Nolan's
Gallipoli Series

Charmian Clift Essays


Australian Bohemians on Hydra

Leonard Cohen on Hydra
The Greece Years

A History of Hydra, a 
story of Creativity


James Burke Hydra Photos

George Johnston & James Burke in Tibet 1945

Leonard Cohen Forum Thread


The Hellenic Museum - Melbourne

A Tribute to the life & work of
Leonard Cohen

Two shows
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 of March @ 8pm

Bookings: Saturday 11  -  Sunday 12

Image-Hydra: Somgs & Life of Bohemia
The Bohemian Colony on Hydra
George Johsnton and Charmian Clift were two Australian writers who gave up secure careers in journalism for the literary life on an exotic Greek island. They arrived on Hydra in 1955 and stayed for 9 years. They presided over a bohemian community of artists and writers which at different times included Sidney Nolan, Peter Finch, Allen Ginsberg, Tony Randal, Melina Mercouri, Tony Perkins and a young Leonard Cohen. 
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The Production & The Performers
Through stories and songs this musical production tells of George Johnston and Charmian Clift's arrival on Hydra in 1955. The arrival of the unknown Canadian poet, Leonard Cohen in 1960, his meeting and life with Marianne and friendship with George Johnston and Charmian Clift.  It was on Hydra that Leonard Cohen gave his first ever concert and then towards the end of the 60s emerged as a singer/songwriter. See more

'Suzanne'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2015

'The Gypsy's Wife'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2015

'Famous Blue Raincoat'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2016

'Misirlou'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2016

"A Thousand Kisses Deep' @ Willow Creek Vineyard Performance

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Written & Produced by Harry Fatouros