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World Premiere Tour of One Man Show about Paul Keating - 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 85 minutes, focussing 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. The Gospel According to Paul asks the question - what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?
Showcasing Keating’s eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, Jonathan distils down the essence of Keating - visionary, reformer, rabble-rouser, true believer – and the Bankstown boy who quickly realised that to get things done in political life it’s better to be needed than loved.
“In all my years performing The Wharf Revue, one character remained a constant favourite of the audience: Paul Keating. I can’t think of a more entertaining or significant figure in recent Australia history with whom to spend an evening. All iceberg, no tip.”
“Biggins almost out-Keaters Keating... If only we had people this clever running the country.”
The Gospel According to Paul
Tuesday 9th April 2019
The Art House, 19 Margaret Street, Wyong NSW
$25 - $42
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