"Australia Day is a hoot: makes you laugh, makes you wince, makes you think."
-Sydney Morning Herald.
Welcome to the typical little 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. Charged with putting together the ultimate cultural celebration of what it means to be Australian, the town’s six quirky community leaders are all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast when it comes to matters of national identity.
What’s worse, affable yet scheming Mayor Brian Harrigan has his eye off the ball, preoccupied by his own bid to win true-blue preselection for the Liberal Party and his running sledging sessions with the local Greens.
A bang-up-to-the-moment barbecue-stopper of a comedy with real Aussie flavour, Australia Day follows this mob of bumbling bureaucratic battlers as they squabble about every detail of the national day. Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA, these unhappy little Vegemites are at loggerheads just deciding which type of bread’s appropriate for a dinky-di sausage sizzle.
So grab a lamington and a stubbie, sit back, and find out whether Coriole’s Australia Day will be a little ripper, or will 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 year’s smash hit Venus in Fur. And for actor Paul Bishop, who plays the Mayor, this material is comfortably close to home – when he’s offstage, Paul is a Redlands City Councillor on Brisbane’s bayside.