Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: The Wharf Revue – Can of Worms

Photo: Brett Boardman

After more than two decades of providing Australia’s annual dose of satirical laughs, the boys, aided and abetted by the fabulous Amanda Bishop, are back with their revue called Can Of Worms.

Again, Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott present their yearly assessment of Australian and international politics and political leaders.

As the publicity notes, “[Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsytheand Phil Scott] have baited their hooks and are opening another can of worms on a new wharf, to trawl for every political flathead, groper or yellowtail that floats into view. Then the catch of the day will be filleted, battered and grilled and served in a spicy satire sauce with a topical garnish. 

The trio says, All hands on deck for a daring adventure as we navigate the dire Straits of COVID, sail round the treacherous Horn of Scomo, steer well clear of the empty Cape of Pauline, only to be becalmed in the Nationals Bermuda Jacket Triangle before stumbling across a New World, filled with hope and promise! Or not.”

Who can forget Jonathan Biggins’ brilliant portrayal of Keating in the wildly successful show The Gospel According To Paul?

Drew Forsythe brings a distinguished career on the stage to the long-running show.

Phil Scott, the musical director, is a genius on the piano, whipping up the chords to accompany the biting words directed at the hypocrites, stooges and fools who govern us.

Amanda Bishop really shone in this show, her stunningly strong vocals captivating the audience in her portrayal of public personas.

These four shapeshifters manage to take on the appearance, voice and mannerisms of the notables they mock.

Bishop takes on the personas of Michaelia Cash, Jacqui Lambie, Gladys Berejiklian, Ivanka Trump, Jacinda ArdernBridget McKenzie and Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, who is looking for a place to live in the Emerald City but finds the cost of houses has skyrocketed.

Drew Forsythe becomes Pauline Hanson, Kevin Rudd and the Queen, and Jonathan Biggins, in a superb orange wig, inhabitsa wonderfully odious Trump, inter alia.

If you’re feeling frustrated with the current state of affairs, or should I say the current affairs of state, you must go along to see this show.

It will prove to be cathartic!

Until Dec 23. Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd &, Cleveland St, Chippendale. $50-$90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.seymourcentre.com

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