Director: Andrea Moor
Designer: Simone Romaniuk
Cast: Paul Bishop, Chris Betts, Louise Brehmer, Barbara Lowing, Lap Phan, Bryan Probets.
Welcome to the Aussie country town of Coriole, where life is laidback and carefree. Unless you’re a member of the Australia Day committee, who couldn’t raffle a chook in a pub. These six quirky community leaders can’t agree what it means to be true blue Aussie, and Mayor Brian Harrigan is no help. He’s too busy scheming over his Liberal Party preselection and sledging the local Greens.
A bang-up-to-the-moment barbecue-stopper of a comedy, Australia Day follows a mob of bumbling bureaucratic battlers as they debate the details of the national day. Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA; these unhappy little Vegemites are at loggerheads deciding on the appropriate type of bread for a dinky-di sausage sizzle. Grab a lamington and a stubbie, sit back, and find out if Coriole’s Australia Day will be a little ripper, or will it go off like a bucket of prawns in the sun!
As the brains behind Sydney Theatre Company’s wickedly satirical institution The Wharf Revue, writer Jonathan Biggins has his finger firmly on the pulse of Aussie culture. Director Andrea Moor was behind last season’s smash hit Venus in Fur. And for actor Paul Bishop (pictured), who plays the Mayor, this material is comfortably close to home. When he’s offstage, Paul is a Redland City Councillor on Brisbane’s bayside.