29 Oct — 18 Dec 2021
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS MUSICAL COMEDY
Book by Blake Erickson & Jay James-Moody
Music & Lyrics by Laura Murphy
Conceived and Directed by Jay James-Moody
Canberra, 11 November 1975. As Gough Whitlam delivers his iconic speech decrying his dismissal as Prime Minister, a mighty crowd of reporters throngs the steps of Parliament House. Chief amongst them, one of the 1970’s most iconic larrikins: Norman Gunston.
Fast forward to Sydney, 2021. The Gold Logie winner and Wollongong’s favourite son returns, played by the hilarious Matthew Whittet, to narrate a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s great constitutional crisis. Fans of political satire will revel in this all singing, all dancing, all mud-slinging retelling of Canberra’s most controversial moment.
A co-production with independent music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic, The Dismissal revives the full rogues gallery of 70s Australian politics: ambitious Whitlam, seductive Malcolm Fraser, duplicitous silver-fox Sir John Kerr, and even Her Majesty QEII as you’ve never seen her.
The Dismissal is equal parts toe-tapping time travel and a nuanced commentary on Australia’s place in the world today. With unimpeachable wit and a cracking original score, this world-premiere reckoning for the nation’s soul is set to be a sensational night out.
The Dismissal was commissioned and developed by Squabbalogic with the support of the Russell Mills Foundation, Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and Create NSW.
VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION
100% audience capacity: NSW Health has granted Sydney Opera House an exemption to the current Public Health Order, allowing us to increase audience capacity to 100%. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending.
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Saturday evening A Reserve $89
Adult A Reserve $86
Seniors cardholder $81
Under 30 $44
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