Riverside Theatres presents
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL
Written and performed by Jonathan Biggins
Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating in the smash hit comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.
One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the return of the smash hit comedy, The Gospel According to Paul. Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. The man that – as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia
This performance contains coarse language.
The Saturday 17 April 2pm performance will be Audio Described & Open Captioned
Please call Box Office on 8839 3399 if your require a headset for the Audio Described performance.
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Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a mask when you are inside places where it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
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Photography by Brett Boardman
Writer and Performer: Jonathan Biggins
Director: Aarne Neeme
Designer: Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson
Sound and Video Designer: David Bergman
Company Stage Manager: Tanya Leach
Touring Production: Manager Amy Robertson
Technical Director: Marcus Kelson
Photography by: Brett Boardman
A note from Jonathan Biggins
In all my years writing and performing for The Wharf Revue, one character has remained a constant favourite of the audience: Paul Keating. Love him or hate him, he is universally recognised as a leader who not only had a vision for Australia but could articulate it, fight for it and, most importantly, deliver it. The Bankstown boy with no formal education who quickly realised that to get things done in political life, it’s better to be needed than loved. A razor-sharp wit who could destroy opponents with words alone, a romantic and a melancholic who bestrode the public stage yet remained intensely private. I can’t think of more entertaining or significant figure in recent Australian history with whom to spend an evening. All iceberg, no tip.
★★★★★ “A hilariously funny, astute, inspiring show” – Limelight
“Like so many Australians, Jonathan has long been fascinated by Keating and what Keating means to Australia. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul distils Keating’s essence into 90 minutes, focusing on key biographical milestones, landmark political achievements and personal obsessions. It shows the 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 the wrongs of our colonial past.”
★★★★½ “Biggins’ finest work,” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Biggins asks the question – what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?”
★★★★½ “A rare treat” – Stagenoise