Joh for PM is a musical comedy by playwright Stephen Carleton and composer Paul Hodge, starring BMEG actor Simon Burvill Holmes
“The musical comedy satirizes the bizarre events that occurred in Australian politics during the Bjelke-Petersen reign. Set at a fundraiser for Joh in 1987, audiences will want to sing along to original tunes such as Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy, Feeding the Chooks and the most catchy political song ever, Joh for PM.
Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland’s longest serving, longest-lived, most quotable Premier. He was one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia. Award-winning playwright Stephen Carleton (The Narcissist, The Turquoise Elephant, Bastard Territory) and Off-Broadway composer Paul Hodge (Clinton: The Musical) have taken inspiration from these historic events to create one of the best musicals to come out of Queensland” – Brisbane Powerhouse
“Joh for PM, a musical comedy by play. It’s campy, glorious fun, and if it has a weakness, it makes Joh – who’s well played by Colin Lane – look dumber than he was. As one song points out, much of his rise, from local member to minister to deputy to premier – thanks to his predecessor Jack Pizzey dropping dead of a heart attack – seemed accidental, if not divine intervention. But you don’t stay premier for 19 years without ruthlessness and rat cunning.” – The Guardian
Joh for PM is on now at the Brisbane Powerhouse until this sunday. Get tickets here
Featured Photograph: Stephen Henry, The Guardian