Arts & Entertainment

Wharf Revue Set To Open a ‘Can Of Worms’ With Audiences 

Photo: Brett Boardman

By Lucinda Garbutt-Young

The annual iteration of Wharf Revue is returning to the Seymour Centre this year, with a production titled Can Of Worms. The show, which pokes cathartic fun at the Australian political climate, is designed to get audiences thinking. 

Actor Mandy Bishop explained that the show is empathetic towards its muses, while allowing audiences to digest big topics. 

“When we’re being generic people and it’s a serious issue, that’s when I find comedy the most useful. We can say things that need to be heard,” she said of the piece written by Jonathon Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott. 

“I feel like those messages do land. The audience always talks about them afterwards.”

Creating a satire about current public figures is a delicate art. For Bishop, the rehearsal process involves understanding each character and their human qualities. 

“I like to respect my muses. You have to – they’re living, and they have a life and this is just them,” she said. “I feel it’s my job to show that they [the political figures] are humans that we are making comment on. 

“I think the satire is felt deeply in the audience because there are aspects of us all in the delicate characters.”

COVID-19 compounded the rehearsal process for this year’s show, but Mandy is confident the delicate script and acting will delight audiences. 

“The audiences are begging for entertainment [after lockdown]. It’s such an exciting time and we are part of that excitement that now needs to deliver.’ 

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

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