FRI 4–SUN 19 AUGUST, 2017
PRESENTED BY JUTE THEATRE COMPANY AND BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL AND BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL
JUTE has spent a decade pulling this project together and the countdown is on opening.
Joh for PM launches this July at Brisbane Powerhouse and then directly home to Cairns 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 satirizes 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, Bastard Territory) and Off-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. Staring Colin Lane (from Lano and Woodley) and ‘Singin in the rain’s Chloe Dallimore, this is set to be a show like never before.
Director Kris Stewart says it doesn’t get much more Queensland than this.
“We don’t get too many home grown productions in Queensland and I think this cheeky take on local and global politics will be a real hit. Queensland audiences are in for a treat,” he says.
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.
Playwright Stephen Carleton
Music & Lyrics Paul Hodge
Starring Colin Lane, Chloe Dallimore, Kurt Phelan, Barb Lowing, Stephen Hirst and Simon Burvill-Homes
Director Kris Stewart
Designer Anthony Spineze
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations James Dobinson
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Choreographer Dan Venz
JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the financial assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland
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JUTE came into being in 1992 when three passionate theatre makers living in Cairns met and creative sparks began to fly. The three founding members of JUTE are Kathryn Ash, Suellen Maunder and Susan Prince. JUTE’s first production launched International Womens’ Day in March 1993 at the height of summer in the un-airconditioned arts centre (shed!). The work was fiery, raw and unique in the region….it was an instant success! JUTE produces plays, tells stories, tours and provides a vast and diverse range of training and development programs for emerging and established writers, actors and theatre professionals.