"Birth Of The Cool" explores the beat generation poets, their lives and loves, their poetry and prose and the jazz that inspired them.

Devised in collaboration with the Paul Cutlan Trio: (Cutlan, composer & sax and clarinet; Fabian Hevia, drums, percussion, vibes; Steve Arie, bass). A seductive evening of cool words and hot jazz. The show has played Sydney, Edinburgh, Recklinghausen (Germany) and Melbourne Festivals, with two revivals in Sydney, and varies from 75 to 120 minutes - muso improvisation makes it very elastic to suit the occasion. An evening of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso performed by John Turnbull, seamlessly interspersed with authentic jazz of the beat generation.