Squabbalogic presents

The Dismissal

An Extremely Serious Musical Comedy

From 26 Aug 2023

Everything depicted in this musical happened exactly as presented—including all the singing and dancing.

11 NOVEMBER 1975, 4:45PM.

Newly deposed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam descends the steps of Parliament House to rage against his dismissal by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, who has replaced him with the opposition leader, Malcolm Fraser. A scoop of reporters throng toward him—chief among them Gold Logie-winner, beloved larrikin, and Wollongong’s favourite son: Norman Gunston.

Half a century later, Norman returns to deliver a rollicking, razor-sharp musical account of Australia’s epic constitutional crisis. “The best Australian musical of the century” (Audrey Journal) will have you revelling through this all-singing, all-dancing, all-mud-slinging retelling of the monumental events that brought our country to its knees.

In the spirit of Keating, SIX, and The Wharf Revue comes “Australia’s answer to Hamilton (The Sydney Morning Herald)—a toe-tapping journey through time, a wry commentary on Australian history, and a confronting portrait of our national character.

With unimpeachable wit, electrifying music, and a big heart, this ambitious world premiere doubles as both a reckoning for the nation’s soul and a sensational night out, stirring audiences across generations and political persuasions.

It’s (show) time.

Tickets on sale early 2023. Join the wait list at the link above.

 

Image credit: Rene Vaile and Kenney Designs

"The best Australian musical of the century."
Audrey Journal
"Australia's answer to Hamilton."
The Sydney Morning Herald

Book by Blake Erickson and Jay James-Moody
Music and Lyrics by Laura Murphy
Conceived and Directed by Jay James-Moody
Produced by Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Inc
Lighting Designer James Wallis

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. Find out more about our safety measures.

Performances will begin 26 Aug 2023. A full list of performance times will be made available in early 2023.

150 minutes (including interval). Total lockout applies.

Ticket types and prices will be made available in early 2023.

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes, sexual references, haze smoke, loud or sudden sounds, and strobe lighting. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander patrons should be advised the performance may contain the names and images of those who have passed. Photography, filming, recording, and any other device usage prohibited.

The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Seymour Centre and Ticketmaster. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Performances will begin 26 Aug 2023. A full list of performance times will be made available in early 2023.

150 minutes (including interval). Total lockout applies.

Ticket types and prices will be made available in early 2023.

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes, sexual references, haze smoke, loud or sudden sounds, and strobe lighting. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander patrons should be advised the performance may contain the names and images of those who have passed. Photography, filming, recording, and any other device usage prohibited.

The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Seymour Centre and Ticketmaster. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Book by Blake Erickson and Jay James-Moody
Music and Lyrics by Laura Murphy
Conceived and Directed by Jay James-Moody
Produced by Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre Inc
Lighting Designer James Wallis

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. Find out more about our safety measures.

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