One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating - visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser. With an abundance of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a new and anticipated comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.
Biggins almost out-Keaters Keating...If only we had someone this clever running the country.
Is today’s lack of leadership a product of our times? Or can real leaders shape their times? The Gospel According to Paul answers these questions with a funny, insightful and poignant portrait of Paul Keating.
Written by and featuring Jonathan Biggins, The Gospel According to Paul paints a sympathetic but uncompromising picture of one of our most unique and compelling politicians, exploring his impact on our country and history - and more importantly, our understanding of both.
Biggins’ performance as Paul Keating is well known from the long-running Sydney
Theatre Company success story, the
Wharf Revue. But beyond the canny
impersonation, Jonathan, like so many Australians, has long been
fascinated by Keating and what he represents to Australia.
Paul Keating is a man of eviscerating wit and rich rhetoric with an ego the size of Everest. Distilling the essence of his leadership into 75 minutes, The Gospel According to Paul focusses on landmark political achievements as well as personal obsessions: a man who grew up in the tribe of the Labor Party and gained an education at the knee of Jack Lang, who treated economics as an artform, and demanded we confront with rigorous honesty the wrongs of our colonial past. And perhaps most fascinating of all, his great engagement with the arts and in particular classical music, and his profound belief in the power of an inner life.
What can we learn from this grand politician, and this momentous time in our country's history?
The Gospel According to Paul will premiere in Wollongong on February 26, 2019 before touring nationally to the venues listed below.
FROM THE CREATOR
In all my years writing and performing for the Wharf Revue, one character has remained a constant favourite of the audience: Paul Keating. I can’t think of more entertaining or significant figure in recent Australian history with whom to spend an evening. All iceberg, no tip.
ILLAWARRA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WOLLONGONG 26 FEB - 2 MAR
ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE 5 MAR
CIVIC THEATRE NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE 7 MAR
THE JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, PENRITH 8 MAR - 9 MAR
CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE, CANBERRA 26 MAR - 30 MAR
CESSNOCK COMMUNITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, CESSNOCK 2 APR
DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE, DUBBO 4 APR
CAPITAL THEATRE, TAMWORTH 6 APR
THE ART HOUSE, WYONG 9 APR
RIVERSIDE THEATRES, PARRAMATTA 10 APR - 13 APR
WAGGA WAGGA CIVIC THEATRE, WAGGA WAGGA 26 APR
GLEN STREET THEATRE, BELROSE 29 APR - 4 MAY
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY 13 MAY - 18 MAY
FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE, FRANKSTON 21 MAY
WHITEHORSE CENTRE, NUNAWADING 24 MAY - 25 MAY
February - June 2019
Written and performed by Jonathan Biggins
Director Aarne Neeme
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound and Video Designer David Bergman
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
Arts on Tour
02 9699 7133