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IF Shakespeare writhed in his
grave when Cole Porter turned "The Taming of the Shrew" into a musical ("Kiss Me Kate"), what would he have done if he had learned that an Australian cowboy had played Petruchio?
Smoky Dawson, cowboy folk-singer, took the role in i New Jersey stage version of "Kate" during his recent year-long tour of the United States.
Back in Australia again, he will begin a new series of his "Smoky Dawson Enter- tains" programmes for the A.B.C. on Thursday (3AR, . 9.15 p.m.).
Dawson had a very suc- cessful year in America, helped, no doubt, by the pub- licity attached to the escape of his pet kangaroo in New York at the very time the
film "Kangaroo" was due to open-though Smoky swears it was not intentional
In America he was kept busy touring, lecturing on Australia, appearing exten- sively on the radio, and mak- ing a television film in Holly- wood. Many schools wheie he gave lectures have invited him to íeturn.
His broadcasts will be made up of his impressions of America ("my wife and I got sunburned tonsils look- ing at the New York sky- scrapers") , and songs he col- lected in his travels.