The Gospel According To Paul

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The Gospel According To Paul

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 15 May - 16 May 2020
Category Live Event


All performances of The Gospel According To Paul have been cancelled.

If you booked through Riverside Theatres, a member of our Box Office will contact ticket holders regarding refund options.

Riverside Theatres presents
Soft Tread’s
Written and performed by Jonathan Biggins

After a sold out season at Riverside in 2019, don’t miss one of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, as Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in a return season 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.

Jonathan Biggins’ performance as Paul Keating is well known from the long-running Sydney Theatre Company success story, The Wharf Revue. Beyond the canny impersonation, Jonathan, like so many Australians, 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 75 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 art-form, and demanded we confront the wrongs of our colonial past.

Biggins asks the question – what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?

Recommended for ages 15+

Writer and Performer
Jonathan Biggins

Company Stage Manager
Tanya Leach

Touring Production Manager
Amy Robertson

Technical Director
Marcus Kelson

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.


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1 hour 30 minutes (No interval)

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A ReserveRiverside Members Adults $52
Riverside Members Concession $48
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Non-Members Concession $55
Non-Members 30 & Under $47
Groups 8 + $55
School Students & Additional Teachers $23
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Groups 8+ $62

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