by Stephen Carleton and Paul Hodge
There’s no business like Joh business!
Joh for PM launches this August at JUTE Theatre to take Queenslanders on a musical romp through the life of ex-Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the Queensland icon who set state politics alight.
The musical comedy satirises the bizarre events that occurred in Australian politics during the Bjelke-Petersen reign. Set at a fundraiser for Joh in 1987, audiences will want to sing along to original tunes such as Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy, Feeding the Chooks and the most catchy political song ever, Joh for PM.
Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland’s longest serving, longest-lived, most quotable Premier. He was one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia. Award-winning playwright Stephen Carleton (The Narcissist, The Turquoise Elephant, Bastard Territory) and Broadway composer Paul Hodge (Clinton: The Musical) have taken inspiration from these historic events to create one of the best musicals to come out of Queensland.
This toe-tapping, hilarious cautionary tale will resonate with Queenslanders who lived through the Joh era, as well as those who are yet to learn about this colourful time in our State’s history.
Join us for a laugh, a joke and a bloody good time.
Cast & Crew
Director: Kris Stewart
Book & Lyrics: Stephen Carleton
Music & Lyrics: Paul Hodge
Designer: Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright
Music Supervisor & Orchestrator: James Dobinson
Choreographer: Dan Venz
Dates & Venue
July 7 – July 15 2017: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD
August 4 – August 19 2017: JUTE Theatre, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, 96 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD
Groups of 4 or more $37 each
Table Seating $44
Opening Night Adult $50 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Opening Night Concession $45 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Opening Night Groups of 4 or more $48 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Opening Night Table Seating $55 (Red Carpet Event with Champagne & Canapés)
Theatre is for everyone! Prices are set to suit everyone’s lifestyle. Please note that you can also attend a JUTE show free of charge simply by volunteering a minimum of two hours towards the production. Excludes opening night.
The show runs for approximately 2 hours with one 20 minute interval. Rated: PG.
Matinee: $24 per student + teacher’s free
Matinee + Workshop: $39 per student + teacher’s free
Evenings: $34 per student + teacher’s free
Bookings: School groups can be booked directly through THIS LINK – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B5BN75V
JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
‘Joh for PM’ was commissioned in partnership with Playlab and co-produced with Brisbane Powerhouse in association with Queensland Music Festival’.