Written by and starring Jonathan Biggins
A Soft Tread Production
Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating in a highly anticipated new comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.
One of Australia’s favourite performers, Jonathan Biggins, is Paul Keating – visionary, reformer and rabble-rouser – in a highly anticipated new comedy, The Gospel According to Paul. Full of intelligence and wit, The Gospel According to Paul is a funny, insightful and occasionally poignant portrait of Paul Keating, the man that – as he tells it – single-handedly shaped contemporary Australia.
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. Showcasing his eviscerating wit, rich rhetoric and ego the size of Everest, The Gospel According to Paul distils 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.
Biggins asks the question – what can we learn today from this singular politician, and the momentous time in our country’s history he dominated?
Director Aarne Neeme
Designer Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound and Video Designer David Bergman
★★★★½ “Biggins is an astute observer of character, and his script is snappier than a cranky crocodile.” 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
Photographer credit: Brett Boardman
Recommended for those ages 15 years and older.
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