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9–24 October 2021

Secure your tickets for these Three Sydney Theatre Company performances featuring new Australian musical The Dismissal, White Pearl and The 7 Stages of Grieving. Purchase this three-play package for just $199* and save up to to 24%!

The Dismissal: An Extremely Serious Musical Comedy

WORLD PREMIERE

It’s time! Canberra, 11 November 1975. As Gough Whitlam delivers his iconic speech decrying his dismissal as Prime Minister, a mighty crowd of reporters throngs the steps of Parliament House. Chief amongst them, one of the 1970s most iconic larrikins, Norman Gunston. Fast forward to Canberra, 2021 and the Gold Logie winner and Wollongong’s favourite son returns, played by the hilarious Matthew Whittet, to narrate a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s great constitutional crisis. Fans of political satire will revel in this all singing, all dancing, all mud-slinging retelling of Canberra’s most controversial moment. A co-production with independent music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic, The Dismissal revives the full rogues gallery of 70’s Australian politics: ambitious Whitlam, seductive Malcolm Fraser, duplicitous silver-fox Sir John Kerr, and even Her Majesty QEII as you’ve never seen her. The Dismissal is equal parts toe-tapping time travel and a nuanced commentary on Australia’s place in the world today. With unimpeachable wit and a cracking soundtrack, this world-premiere reckoning for the nation’s soul is set to be a sensational night out.

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Synopsis

9–24 October 2021

Secure your tickets for these Three Sydney Theatre Company performances featuring new Australian musical The Dismissal, White Pearl and The 7 Stages of Grieving.
Purchase this three-play package for just $199* and save up to to 24%!

The Dismissal: An Extremely Serious Musical Comedy

WORLD PREMIERE

It’s time!
Canberra, 11 November 1975. As Gough Whitlam delivers his iconic speech decrying his dismissal as Prime Minister, a mighty crowd of reporters throngs the steps of Parliament House. Chief amongst them, one of the 1970s most iconic larrikins, Norman Gunston.

Fast forward to Canberra, 2021 and the Gold Logie winner and Wollongong’s favourite son returns, played by the hilarious Matthew Whittet, to narrate a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s great constitutional crisis. Fans of political satire will revel in this all singing, all dancing, all mud-slinging retelling of Canberra’s most controversial moment.

A co-production with independent music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic, The Dismissal revives the full rogues gallery of 70’s Australian politics: ambitious Whitlam, seductive Malcolm Fraser, duplicitous silver-fox Sir John Kerr, and even Her Majesty QEII as you’ve never seen her.

The Dismissal is equal parts toe-tapping time travel and a nuanced commentary on Australia’s place in the world today. With unimpeachable wit and a cracking soundtrack, this world-premiere reckoning for the nation’s soul is set to be a sensational night out.

Dates

Saturday 9 October, 7.30pm – Preview

Sunday 10 October, 5pm – Preview

Tuesday 12 October, 7.30pm – Preview

Wednesday 13 October, 7.30pm – Preview

Thursday 14 October, 7.30pm – Opening Night

Friday 15 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 16 October, 2pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 17 October, 1pm & 5pm

Tuesday 19 October, 7pm

Wednesday 20 October, 11am & 7.30pm

Thursday 21 October, 7.30pm

Friday 22 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 23 October, 2pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 24 October, 1pm

Additional Information & Seating Map

Seating
At Canberra Theatre Centre, safety is our priority. We operate in accordance with our COVID Safety Plan.

Our theatre will be operating at 100% capacity and our regular seating configuration is in place in the auditorium. You will be sitting next to other patrons in the theatre.

Please remain in your allocated seat during the performance.

Please move through the foyers and open spaces with physical distancing considerations in mind.

Seat Map

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre and Sydney Theatre Company with Squabbalogic

CATEGORY:
Musical Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 140 minutes, including interval.

WARNING:
This performance contains adult themes, coarse language, strobe lighting and fog/haze effects.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is not suitable for children.

VENUE:
Canberra Theatre
SEATING PLAN
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Additional Information:
Concession prices not available for all shows. Where Concession prices are listed, proof of eligibility for Concession must be presented to Canberra Ticketing staff upon collection of tickets or full price may be charged. Eligible Concession may include Pensioner, Full Time Student, Seniors, Unemployed, Under 27 or Child (15 years and under) and are at the discretion of the show. Not all types of Concessions may apply for the show you have selected.

Credits

Book by Blake Erickson & Jay James-Moody

Music & Lyrics by Laura Murphy

Conceived and Directed by Jay James-Moody

Musical Director Steven Kramer

Choreographer Chiara Assetta

Lighting Designer James Wallis

Orchestrations & Arrangements by Steven Kramer & Laura Murphy

The Dismissal was commissioned and developed by Squabbalogic with the support of the Russell Mills Foundation, Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and Create NSW.

Access

  Saturday 23 October, 2pm matinee performance will be captioned.

  Saturday 23 October, 2pm matinee performance will be audio described.

  Tactile tour to take place Saturday 23 October, 1pm.

 

NEED TO KNOW

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