From The Wharf Revueâ€™s beloved Jonathan Biggins comes the hilarious new comedy Australia Day, playing at Riverside Theatres from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 August.
This wickedly funny new play from the stalwart of political satire, Jonathan Biggins, takes aim at our favourite day off workâ€¦Australia Day! Itâ€™s a hilarious parody about the bungling grassroots politics of a small town Australia Day Planning Committee as they tackle the really big issues: Does a sausage sizzle code as monocultural? And should the special needs kids be forced to perform their dance routine on the national day? For the members of the Australia Day committee in the small country town of Coriole, the issue of cultural identity is prickly to say the least.
Drawing on his own experiences as an Australia Day ambassador, Biggins takes a swipe at secular traditions and national holidays with fearless wit and good Aussie humour.
â€œAustralia Day is a play about the committee organising Australia Dayâ€¦ It could be anywhere in regional Australiaâ€¦. I was inspired by the fact I was an Australia Day ambassadorâ€¦ a lot of the incidents in the play have been drawn from the local mayor, the local dance academy, the local citizenship ceremonyâ€¦ Basically itâ€™s a cast with comic ensemble strengthâ€¦ itâ€™s in the great Australian tradition of self deprecating comedy,â€ said Playwright Jonathan Biggins.
Australia Day is a hoot: makes you laugh, makes you wince, makes you think.
If you want huge laughs ... Australia Day is just the ticket.
[a] deliciously light and perfectly pitched jokefest
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
Watch Jonathan Biggins discuss his new play Australia Day:
With Valerie Bader, Kaeng Chan, David James, Peter Kowitz, Geoff Morrell, Alison Whyte
Creative Director - Richard Cottrell
Set and Costume Designer - Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer - Niklas Pajanti
Sound Designer - David Franzke
Assistant Director - Gary Abrahams
Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church and Market Sts, Parramatta
Dates: August 22 - 25
Times: Wed 22 Aug at 8pm, Thu 23 Aug at 6:30pm, Fri 24 Aug at 8pm, Sat 25 Aug at 2pm & 8pm
Ticket Prices: Adult $59, Australian Pensioner & Senior $54, 30&U $47, F/T Student & Child U16 $35, Groups of 8+ $50*
Bookings: Riverside Theatres Box Office on 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au
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