Written by and starring Jonathan Biggins

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Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating in the smash hit comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.

One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, returns to QPAC as Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in the smash hit comedy, The Gospel According to Paul. Sold out in early 2019 before Biggins had even hit the stage, this is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating, the man that – as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.

Heading to the Playhouse for its 2020 season, Biggins exquisitely showcases Keating’s eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, distilling Keating’s essence into 90 minutes, focussing 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.

Jonathan Biggins’ performance as Paul Keating is well known from the long-running Sydney Theatre Company success story, The Wharf Revue. Beyond the canny impersonation, Jonathan, like so many Australians, has long been fascinated by Keating and what Keating means to Australia.

Biggins asks the question – what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?

Creative team

Director Aarne Neeme
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound/AV Designer David Bergman
Photographer credit Brett Boardman

★★★★½ “Biggins finest work” Sydney Morning Herald
“The Gospel According to Paul is hilariously funny, astute, insightful, and occasionally poignant as it follows the career of PJ Keating, who left school at 14 and rose to become the 24th Prime Minister of Australia.” Limelight Magazine
★★★★½ “A rare treat” Stagenoise
  • AGE RECOMMENDATION:

    Recommended for those aged 16 years and older.

  • WARNING:

    The Gospel According to Paul contains coarse language.

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Pricing Guide

ADMISSION Adult $69 Concession^ $59

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Media Reviews

"(a) hilariously funny, astute, inspiring show." By Limelight Magazine

"This portrait of Keating shines…a reminder of what leaders should be." By ArtsHub

"Biggins is an astute observer of character, and his script is snappier than a cranky crocodile." By Sydney Morning Herald