The Dismissal
Squabbalogic and Seymour Centre present

The Dismissal

A Pre-World Premiere

18 - 22 Jun 2019

Before Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott and Turnbull there was Gough Whitlam


This is history. Everything you will see in this play actually happened exactly the way we present it… including the singing and the dancing.


1975: In an unprecedented move, the unelected Governor General and representative of the Queen, Sir John Kerr, sacked the democratically elected Labor government and installed leader of the opposition Liberal party Malcolm Fraser as Prime Minister, thus turning Down Under upside down.


Award-winning music theatre powerhouse Squabbalogic returns from the wilderness, bringing the dark intrigue, larrikin humour and larger than life characters of The Dismissal to the stage in this vibrant, exuberant and rage-filled new Australian musical.


This Pre-World Premiere production provides a glimpse inside the creative process and invites the audience to participate in shaping the future of a new work. Don’t miss this limited work-in-progress event presentation as we develop, refine and redraft a new theatrical work before your eyes.


Concept by Jay James-Moody
Book by Blake Erickson & Jay James-Moody
Music & Lyrics by Laura Murphy

With Blake Appelqvist, Georgie Bolton, Christian Charisou, Andrew Cutcliffe, Jodie Harris, Marney McQueen, Monique Salle, Justin Smith, Bishanya Vincent and Matthew Whittet

Director Jay James-Moody
Musical Director Andrew Worboys
Musical Supervisor Steven Kreamer
Lighting Design James Wallis
Costume Design Elizabeth Franklin
Sound Design Jessica James-Moody