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Wharf (2) (1)

The revue starts with Bob Hawke greeting the audience with, “If any silly old bugger has their phone on turn it off. Where do I send the bill?” The audience sees an ancient Roman backdrop and the cast dressed in togas launch into a Wharf Revue version of ‘Anything Goes”. It has the usual sharp lines we expect from the talented team. With reference to recent political events and Shakespeare’s ancient Rome we hear about the disillusionment trigger and how a knife in the back is quicker.

Toga clad Ericus Abetzus leads the hard right conservative conspirators and a discussion about how to deal with the mighty Emperor of Wentworth. The clever lines come thick and fast. We hear how Jesus delivered a TED talk on the mount and Dutton dressed as lamb gets a mention.

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, The Wharf Revue delves into the richly rewarding world of Federal politics to take the daft things our leaders have said and emphasise their ridiculousness and to twist the seemingly reasonable into fertile humorous material. They also throw in corny puns, clever puns, bawdy humour and some excellent musical numbers to entertain and amuse the crowd. Continue reading THE WHARF REVUE 2016 ‘BACK TO BITE YOU’ @ THE RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA



All My Love

We make important choices with our lives, and they may occur on a grey and nondescript day. At the time we don’t realise they how important these choices are and the impact they will have on our lives. Mary Gilmore and Henry Lawson made various choices in their lives, choices that placed their lifelong platonic love affair in jeopardy.

ALL MY LOVE is the story of the nascent relationship between Mary Gilmore and Henry Lawson and is based on the letters they wrote to each other before and after their marriages to William Gilmore and Bertha McNamara. Continue reading ALL MY LOVE @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

O’Malley @ The Reginald

Photo: Afshar Hodar
Photo: Afshar Hodar

In Act Two of THE LEGEND OF KING O’MALLEY the main character strikes trouble trying to charm his way into the early 1900’s Labor Party. The devil on his shoulder advises him, “Less matter, more art”. That’s what he does to win them over. This set my theatrical brain to wondering … should this restaging of a silly and powerful work, balance matter and art or should it strive to be one or the other?!

Based on a possibly, somewhat, could have happened in parts kind of truth, the show tells us of King O’Malley. A Tasmanian politician elected to the Australian Parliament, O’Malley so obfuscated his origins that maybe he did sell his soul to the devil as we see in the first few scenes of the play. Continue reading O’Malley @ The Reginald