A powerful, rollicking mainstage comedy of bumbling bureaucratic battlers A wickedly funny exploration of authenticity and idealism in the melting pot of modern Australia : 25 January to 16 February 2014
Australia Day is our favourite public holiday and whilst a beer and a BBQ never gets old, this year the Queensland Theatre Company are giving 10 Brisbane Threads readers the opportunity to leave the budgie smugglers at home and join them for a VIP showing of Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins.
We’ve got 10 double passes to give away and all you have to do is fill in your contact details at the end of the article to enter!
Welcome to the typical little Aussie country town of Coriole, where life is laidback and carefree – unless you’re a member of the Australia Day committee, who couldn’t raffle a chook in a pub … this January, grab a lamington and a stubbie, pop on your double pluggers and your Jackie Howe, remember the Aeroguard and settle in for a clever, caustic comedy that promises to put the sizzle in your ‘barbie … or should that be in your wok?
Australia Day is the story of six quirky community leaders in a small country town charged with putting together the ultimate cultural celebration of what it means to be Australian. However the idea of consensus on the national identity is further away than the Southern Cross. Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA; these little Vegemites are at loggerheads just deciding the type of bread that’s appropriate to serve at an Aussie BBQ …. or should it be fried rice? Thrown in this laugh-out-loud Thermomix of politics and small town social culture is the fact the affable yet scheming Mayor Brian Harrigan (Bishop) has his eye off the ball, preoccupied by his own bid to win true blue pre-selection for the Liberal Party and his sledging sessions with the local Greens.
QTC Artistic Director Wesley Enoch said the rollicking satire, which stars a marquee lineup of talent led by Paul Bishop on stage and Andrea Moor in her Playhouse directorial debut, was one of five Australian productions in the Company’s 2014 season. Australia Day tackles the conundrum of the changing face of Australian society with the biting wit and wisdom of our own inimitable Jonathan Biggins. An Australian theatre institution, and the brains behind Sydney Theatre Company’s wickedly satirical institution the Wharf Revue, Biggins has his finger firmly on the pulse of Aussie culture.
Well known and lauded Queenslander Paul Bishop leads the cast, and will be quite comfortable in the role of the Mayor – when he’s offstage, he is a Redlands City Councillor on Brisbane’s bayside. He’s joined by leading actors Chris Betts, Louise Brehmer, Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets fresh from the acclaimed Design for Living and Lap Phan. Super talented theatre star Andrea Moor returns from directing the smash hit of the 2013 season, Venus in Fur and shining on stage in Design for Living, to direct this thought-provoking yet wickedly funny exploration of authenticity and idealism in the melting pot of modern Australia.
Join us at the VIP Opening Show on January 25, 2014 – 10 double passes up for grabs – fill in the contact form below!
AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins
25 January – 16 February
Director: Andrea Moor
Designer: Simone Romaniuk
Cast: Paul Bishop, Chris Betts, Louise Brehmer, Barbara Lowing, Lap Phan, Bryan Probets.
Tickets: Season Tickets on sale via queenslandtheatre.com.au or 1800 355 528