Written and directed by acclaimed playwright and Sydney Theatre Company satirist Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Revue), Australia Day is the play that takes a witty look at nation’s identity. It hits the Civic Theatre Newcastle on the 29th and 30th of May.
The country town of Coriole is getting ready for Australia Day – a time to crack open a frothy, stick a snag on the barbie and celebrate what it means to be a true blue Aussie.
The Australia Day committee is gearing up to put on the town’s biggest party – but they have a few issues of their own to sort out first. With everyone from the Greens to the local mayor to the CWA wanting a piece of the party pie, it’s proving hard yakka to work out what an Aussie celebration should look like. Nothing is sacred as the national identity is put through the ringer in this thoroughly modern ripper of a comedy!
Jonathan has been a co-director of the Wharf Revue for the Sydney Theatre Company since 2000.Jonathan’s theatre writing collaborations include sixteen Wharf Revue productions (Pennies from Kevin, Sunday in Iraq with George and Waiting for Garnaut to name a few), a new libretto adaptation of the opera Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia, and two stage musicals: Living in the 70’s and The Republic of Myopia. Australia Day which premiered in 2012 is his first full length play.
WHAT: Australia Day
WHEN: 29th and 30th of May
WHERE: Civic Theatre Newcastle
MORE INFO: civictheatrenewcastle.com.au