• Jen Morris, Jemma Knight and Erin Collett

    Jen Morris, Jemma Knight and Erin Collett

  • Dilani Ponniah, Matt Ayers, Marzena Zawisz and Farhana Islam

    Dilani Ponniah, Matt Ayers, Marzena Zawisz and Farhana Islam

  • Cherrie McDonald, Christine Dunstan and Drew Forsyth

    Cherrie McDonald, Christine Dunstan and Drew Forsyth

  • Dinie Bishop, Amanda Bishop, Annabel Sherriff and Peter Bishop

    Dinie Bishop, Amanda Bishop, Annabel Sherriff and Peter Bishop

  • Monika Boogs and Joy Burch

    Monika Boogs and Joy Burch

  • Jonathan Biggins, Louise Douglas and Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Anthony Toms

    Jonathan Biggins, Louise Douglas and Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Anthony Toms

  • John and Cigdem La Salle with Ross and Sue Kingsland

    John and Cigdem La Salle with Ross and Sue Kingsland

  • Martin Robinson and Cindy Young

    Martin Robinson and Cindy Young

  • Leon Horsnell and Kapila Wijewardene

    Leon Horsnell and Kapila Wijewardene

  • Gweneth and Andrew Leigh

    Gweneth and Andrew Leigh

  • Jacki Weaver and Gill Hugonnet

    Jacki Weaver and Gill Hugonnet

The Wharf Revue: Celebrating 15 Years

15 September 2015

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.