“Australia’s answer to Hamilton”
11 NOVEMBER 1975.
As Gough Whitlam decries his dismissal as Prime Minister, a mighty crowd of reporters throng the steps of Parliament House. Chief amongst them, one of Australia’s most iconic larrikins: Norman Gunston, Gold Logie winner and Wollongong’s favourite son.
Fast forward 45 years as Norman returns to narrate a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s constitutional crisis. Fans of political satire will revel in this all-singing, all-dancing, all -mud-slinging retelling of the controversial events that brought our country to a stand-still.
The Dismissal revives the full rogues gallery of 70’s politics: ambitious Whitlam, seductive Malcolm Fraser, silver-fox Sir John Kerr, and even Her Majesty QEII as you’ve never seen her.
The Dismissal is Australia’s very own Hamilton - equal parts toe-tapping time travel, and nuanced commentary on Australia’s place in the world today.
With unimpeachable wit and a cracking original score, this ambitious World-Premiere reckoning for the nation’s soul is a sensational night out for audiences of any political persuasion.