What Rhymes with Cars and Girls

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Riverside Theatres presents
A Melbourne Theatre Company production

What Rhymes with Cars and Girls


Riverside Theatre


11 October - 14 October 2017

by Aidan Fennessy, music and lyriCs by Tim Rogers

His achingly lyrical first solo album, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls, cemented You Am I frontman Tim Rogers’ already formidable reputation as one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Playwright Aidan Fennessy (National Interest) has threaded these beautiful songs across the class divide to create a tale of love in contemporary Australia.

Performed with a live band led by Rogers, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is an intimate musical jewel that sees two lovers brought together by a conjunction of the stars and a pizza delivery gone weird. It’s a raw and complex urban romance, a balm for the hardest of hearts, and solace for anyone who has ever been in love.

**** ‘A total delight.’
Time Out Melbourne

‘As polished and refined a premiere of a new musical play as you are likely to encounter.’
The Australian

‘Evocative, witty and heartfelt.’
The Age

‘Breathes new life into a tired boy-meets-girl clichés. Packs a considerable emotional punch.’

Dates & Times:
Wednesday 11 October 8pm
Thursday 12 October 8pm
Friday 13 October 8pm
Saturday 14 October 2pm & 8pm


Photo credit: Jeff Busby

Johnny Carr
Sophie Ross

Ben Franz
Xani Kolac
Tim Rogers

Director Clare Watson

Playwright Aidan Fennessy

Musical Director Tim Rogers

Set Designer Andrew Bailey

Costume Designer Kate Davis

Lighting Designer Richard Vabre

Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith

Voice Consultant Debbie Phyland

This 3 part video series charts the making of What Rhymes with Cars and Girls. Originally published by Melbourne Theatre Company




Ticket Options

Adult $62
Groups 10+ $57
Concession $57
Under 30's $48
Member - Adult $52
Member - Concession $47
Member - Under 30's $38
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30


90 minutes (no interval)

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