Australian National Theatre Live
STC’s Wharf Revue
There ain’t no party like a Wharf Revue party
Australian National Theatre Live in partnership with Sydney Theatre Company presents
STC’s Wharf Revue – Celebrating 15 years
Photography: Brett Boardman
Over 15 years and 21 shows, they’ve mercilessly mocked all the usual suspects. We’ve watched Howard Tampa with refugees, Rudd give pennies from Kevin, Gillard refuse to be lectured by “that man”, “that man” scrap the carbon tax, stop the boats and – um – get the budget back into surplus… But no one has been able to outplay, outwit or outlast The Wharf Revue. So, we’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited.
This year, The Wharf Revue will be a parade of past and present indignitaries – a who’s who of 21st century embarrassments, from the politicians to the celebrities – all skewered on the stake of seriously side-splitting satirical silliness and musical mayhem.
Who will make the cut? Who has the numbers in the caucus room? It’s anyone’s guess.
Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott.
Starring Amanda Bishop, Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott.
Australian National Theatre Live (7:19)
The Revue is an equal opportunity satire – no political party is left unstoned, nor cultural shibboleth unmauled
Diana Simmonds, Stagenoise
What’s so brilliant… is how the material constantly falls between sharp, incisive satire and deliriously cheap gags
The Daily Review
Biggins’s impersonation of Peter Costello is unnervingly acute and Bishop has ABC anchor Emma Alberici and columnist/foodie Annabel Crabb to a tee. Tony Abbott as Thernadier (singing Leader of the House) in the night’s extended sketch, Les Liberales, is inspired casting.
Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
The Revue format has always been a throwback to Australia’s vaudevillian traditions, applying them to the latest happenings on Australia’s political landscape. Drew Forsythe is a riot as Alan ‘James’ Joyce, flawlessly delivering a tricky Joyce-esque monologue all about Qantas’ obstacles. Amanda Bishop as Julia Gillard. That sketch still wins plenty of laughs, not least because of Bishop’s hilarious vocal performance and spot-on Gillard impersonation.
BEN NEUTZE, DAILY REVIEW
Forsythe, Jonathan Biggins and writer/musical director Phil Scott are a formidable creative trio. They, and Amanda Bishop, are also very skillful all-round performers who have mastered the split second timing and panache essential for revue. Don’t miss this, the 15th Celebration of their amazing talents.
After 15 years, the Wharf Revue still packs a great punch and in a climate of frequent political shake-ups, may this great Australian Satirical Party only continue!