Fresh from the carnage of Canberra’s political chopping block, The Hansard Monologues: Age of Entitlement captures the passion and the policies, the opinions and the onions, the banter and the boats, the lies and the lifestyle choices, the tantrums and the travel rorts, the spills and the sex appeal of the 44th Parliament of Australia and distils it into a 100-minute helicopter ride through the tax-payer funded issues of our democracy.
Four actors answer the big questions of Question Time and beyond using only the parliamentary prose as recorded in Hansard. If parliament is really our nation talking to and about itself, what in Edmund Barton’s name has it been saying these past three years? And, what did we get in return for our votes?
Take a bite into verbatim theatre at it’s most raw as it shines a light on all that is good, bad and horribly indifferent about the state of our democracy. This humorous, humbling and heuristic theatrical experience comes fresh from the keyboard of Katie Pollock and Paul Daley, two of the nation’s sharpest writers.
The cast of seasoned actors includes Michelle Doake (Romeo & Juliet, Absent Friends, The Wharf Revue), John Gaden (Seventeen, Orlando, Macbeth), Andrew McFarlane (Deathtrap, Devil’s Playground, Play School) and Heather Mitchell (Hay Fever, Strictly Ballroom, A Place to Call Home).
Whether you lift or lean, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, someone’s got to keep the bastards honest, and The Hansard Monologues is here to do just that.
“The Hansard Monologues is the perfect example of just how entertaining verbatim theatre can be… exceptionally relevant and important theatre.” – Stage Whispers
After kicking off the tour at Glen Street Theatre from July 28-31, The Hansard Monologues: Age of Entitlement continues to the following venues:
- The Seymour Centre, Chippendale – 5-13 August
- Merrigong: Wollongong – 17-20 August
- MOAD Canberra – 25-28 August.
THE HANSARD MONOLOGUES: AGE OF ENTITLEMENT
Presented by Seymour Centre and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in association with Guardian Live
Written by: Katie Pollock and Paul Daley
Directed by: Timothy Jones
Cast: Michelle Doake, John Gaden, Andrew McFarlane and Heather Mitchell
Venue: Glen Street Theatre, corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose
Performance Dates: 28-31 July 2016
Performance Times: Thu (opening night) to Sat at 8pm. Sat matinee 2pm. Sun 5pm.
Running Time: 1hr 40 mins (including interval)
Ticket Prices: $47 – $64. Student Rush just $16. Transaction charges may apply.
Bookings: www.glenstreet.com.au or 9975 1455