The Wharf Revue: Celebrating 15 YearsShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The Wharf Revue is right at home in this city of pollies and posturing, intrigue and insiders who live out a small part of their employment in the sheltered workshop on the hill and then scarper away to do whatever they do elsewhere. We’re used to it and delight in the wit and wisdom of the Wharf Revue’s fab four of Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Drew Forsyth and Phillip Scott encapsulating the foibles of the continuing reality show that is federal politics in the slick and smart satire they create.
The Wharf Revue: Celebrating 15 Years is brilliant and more so as the team had to do some serious rewriting after another ‘Canberra Leadership Coup’ to remain in sync for some aspects of the sketches and that proved to be as smooth as the culling on the hill less than 24 hours before. The memorable moments are many but none so delicious as Phillip Scott as George Brandis in a tutu and Amanda Bishop’s collection of Emma Alberici, Julia Gillard, Julie Bishop and Annabel Crabb. The real Crabb was in town for another event the following day and spoke of her unexpected meeting in makeup at Ultimo as the Amanda Bishop version of her met with her version of her with a good deal of apology and hilarity on both sides.
Revisiting the 15 years of this kind of satire that is fast, fabulous and such a good belly laugh, we can remind ourselves that we don’t have to leave any of the comment to those who think they know, tell us what they know and influence those who don’t know just wait for the Wharf Revue who do know. And make time to go, it’s better than the real show.
The Wharf Revue is on at The Playhouse until 26 September.