Overview

Synopsis

From comedy legend Steve Vizard and celebrated composer Paul Grabowsky comes a glorious and irreverent satire with song, starring the acclaimed Peter Carroll alongside a hugely talented ensemble cast.
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Cast & Creatives

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Reviews

a rich opportunity to laugh, and laugh a lot, at the satirizing of one of our most treasured ‘holy cows’.

Stage Whispers
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Synopsis

From comedy legend Steve Vizard and celebrated composer Paul Grabowsky comes a glorious and irreverent satire with song, starring the acclaimed Peter Carroll alongside a hugely talented ensemble cast including Esther Hannaford (King Kong), William McInnes (SeaChange), Toby Truslove (Utopia), Nicki Wendt (The Ex-PM) and Alison Whyte (The Dressmaker).

Australia’s most decorated war hero returns from Afghanistan to find he’s been awarded the most inappropriate promotion of his life: producing the biggest live TV event of the decade, the Gallipoli Centenary Variety Concert. All the world’s dignitaries will be there, but three weeks out the rehearsals are shaping up to be complete fiasco. Until, amazingly, it’s discovered the last remaining Anzac is still alive and could potentially save the show.

Directed by former MTC Artistic Director Roger Hodgman, this incisive and poignant tale cuts deep into the Anzac legend, and no one gets off scot-free. Not the vote-hungry politicians. Not the ratings-obsessed media. And especially not those who try to mask the true brutality of war.

Cast & Crew

Peter Carroll

Peter Carroll

Private Clarry Flint

Nick Eynaud

Nick Eynaud

Ensemble

Esther Hannaford

Esther Hannaford

Captain Skurry

Simon Maiden

Simon Maiden

Dr Morgan Cockburn

Jensen Overend

Jensen Overend

The Man

Monica Swayne

Monica Swayne

Ensemble

Toby Truslove

Toby Truslove

Elliot Fontana/Cam

Nicki Wendt

Nicki Wendt

The Minister for Defence

Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte

Rachel Wiley

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Steve Vizard

Playwright

Paul Grabowsky

Paul Grabowsky

Composer

Roger Hodgman

Roger Hodgman

Director

Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson

Musical Director

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Kerry Saxby

Kerry Saxby

Sound Designer

Dana Jolly

Dana Jolly

Choreographer

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Yvonne Virsik

Assistant Director

News & Reviews

Reviews

a rich opportunity to laugh, and laugh a lot, at the satirizing of one of our most treasured ‘holy cows’.

Stage Whispers

A gifted writer. By turn reflecting and amusing.

Sydney Morning Herald (on Steve Vizard)

Paul Grabowsky’s history is still in the making but could fill an encyclopaedia already.

ArtsHub

A master of timing, milking every word for comedy.’

Australian Stage (on Peter Carroll)

Venues

Extend Your Experience

There are many ways you can extend your theatre experience with MTC.

Free Production Briefing

A free production briefing will be held at 6pm on Monday 2 November at Southbank Theatre. The briefings are a perfect opportunity to learn more about the play from members of the cast and creative teams, before you attend your performance. All briefings are free and there is no need to book – simply turn up prepared for a great discussion!

Forum Night

Monday 16 November is a Forum Night. Following this performance, ticket holders can hear the cast, creative team and director discuss the show. Please note, these evenings are very popular, so get in early.

MTC Donor Events

There will be a post-show cocktail party for MTC Donors on Tuesday 1 December, following the 6.30pm performance. For more information about becoming an MTC Donor, call our Philanthropy Manager Patrick Rundle on 03 8688 0959 or email p.rundle@mtc.com.au

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Attendance Information

  • Contains strong language and theatrical haze effects.
  • FM Hearing Systems are available for this production
  • This production will be captioned on 5 December (4pm) and audio described on 8 December (6.30pm) and 12 December (4pm, with tactile tour at 3pm). To learn more about these performances, email mtcticketing@mtc.com.au
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