PEACE TRAIN STARRING DARREN COGGAN

11 Nov 2017

A Tribute to Cat Stevens

 

Remember The Days
Celebrating 50 years of Cat Stevens

Starring Darren Coggan

 

1967, it’s the era of angry young men and British writers, actors and singers are changing the way that society looks at youth. Hair gets longer, dresses get shorter, four young lads from Liverpool are leading the vanguard of a musical and cultural revolution, and in the summer of love, you can’t turn on a radio without hearing the hip sounds of a fresh new artist by the name of Cat Stevens.

 

Fifty years ago, Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.

 

Darren Coggan celebrates 50 years of Cat Stevens as he presents Peace Train ‘Remember The Days’ a tribute to Cat Stevens throughout 2017.

 

“We take our audience on that same journey of self-discovery that Cat went on and try to answer the question as to, why did he leave the music industry? I had the privilege of being invited to London to meet with the great Cat Stevens in 2007 and I heard first hand some of the many anecdotes and stories that we share with the audience throughout the performance.” said Darren.

 

Peace Train is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more, a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs. Hear twenty-five hits sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia’s most exciting artists. Darren Coggan takes the audience on a ride of discovery, back through the joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and the pain, in a celebration of the life of one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters of our time, Cat Stevens.

 

“Cat Stevens defined a generation with songs that the whole world sang along with and fifty years later his messages of peace, tolerance and understanding are still just as relevant as when they were first written, perhaps even more so. These timeless songs including Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son, Morning Has Broken and many more, continue to unite the world, bringing people together in the name of love and peace. Our audiences obviously come expecting to hear those timeless songs of Cat Stevens, but I think they walk away with so much more, a real insight and understanding of who he was. It’s a very positive, uplifting show; with the underlying theme being that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives should we not be content.” commented Darren.

 

Since its debut performance in Darren’s hometown of Wagga Wagga at the Civic Theatre back in 2008, Darren Coggan’s Peace Train has gone on to inspire many others, playing to standing ovations in the most prestigious venues in Australia, including The Sydney Opera House.

 

Darren Coggan has toured extensively with stage shows Grease – The Mega Musical, Happy Days – The Arena Mega Musical, and Shout – The Musical Of The Wild One. He has appeared regularly on TV, including several guest appearances on Channel 7's All Saints and currently is a presenter on Sydney Weekender. He has also been awarded two Golden Guitar awards at the CMAA Country Music Awards in 2001 and 2008.

 

Get on board the Peace Train and ‘Remember The Days’ of Cat Stevens as Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place.


“Darren Coggan seamlessly weaves the Cat Stevens story in song and speech in what ends with a standing ovation.” Sunday Herald Sun

“Coggan sounds amazingly like Stevens. He has the timbre, the inflections and the feel of Cat’s music. The combination of Coggan’s affable persona, the intriguing story and the amazing catalogue of songs adds up to a winner.” The Daily Telegraph

“From the opening chords of Moonshadow, Darren Coggan had an attentive audience of 50-somethings melting in his hands. As the show reached its crescendo the cheering grew louder and the crowd was left wanting more.” Newcastle Herald

“Coggan has found a quality of voice which is so close to the original that you would think it is Cat Stevens himself. The commitment from the writer is not just to the music, but to the message. The result is an exciting concert and a dramatic narrative with a worthwhile theme.” Canberra Times

Venue

PRINCESS THEATRE

Dates

Saturday 11 November, 8pm

Tickets / Prices

Full $80
Concession* $75
Group 8+ $75ea

 

*Concessions available for Seniors, Pensioners and Health Care card holders.

 

Reserved seating

Downstairs only

 

A processing fee of $6 applies to tickets purchased online. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket fee, which will be applied at the end of your purchase.

A delivery charge of $4 applies if you choose to have your tickets posted to your address.

Presented By

The Harbour Agency

Performers

Darren Coggan

Notes

Patron advice: Suitable for all ages

 

Smoke/haze may be used in this performance

 

No flash photography

 

Babes in Arms (sitting on your lap, not occupying a seat) aged up to 2 yrs are admitted free to this performance. All Babes in Arms must have a ticket to enter the theatre. Please ask for your complimentary Babes in Arms ticket at the box office

Running Time

2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

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