★★★★½ Biggins’ finest work
★★★★★ A hilariously funny, astute, inspiring show
★★★★½ A rare treat
Presented by Soft Tread
Written & Performed by Jonathan Biggins
One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the return of the 2019 smash hit, The Gospel According to Paul. Full of intelligence and wit, it's a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating. the man who - as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.
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.
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.
90mins no interval
+ Post Show Q & A
Suitable for ages 15+