Seymour Centre, Merrigong Theatre Company and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre co-production

The Hansard Monologues: A Matter of Public Importance

A verbatim play by Katie Pollock and Paul Daley

23, 26 & 27 July

“As she comes into parliament it is almost as if she is trying to earn frequent liar points.”

The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Federal Member for Warringah


The Seymour Centre is delighted to be co-producing a new verbatim theatre event to be performed during the winter parliamentary recess in July 2013.

What will we remember about the 43rd Parliament of Australia? That it was supposed to be about us – but was it really just about them?

As the election nears, this verbatim play will take the words of Hansard, the factual record of what our MPs say in parliament, to relive the highs and lows, the `ayes’ and `nays’ of our national discourse.

In the tradition of The Vagina MonologuesThe Hansard Monologues: A Matter of Public Importance will let our MPs speak for themselves.

This is the story of how our country makes itself, over and over again. It’s about us.



Each performance will be followed by Q&A with a political guest from Canberra who will take questions and reflect on the 43rd parliament following the production.

23 July  – Geoff Gallop AC – Former Labor premier of Western Australia  and current Professor and
Director, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney

26 July  – Due to unforseen circumstances, tonight’s guest speaker, Alex Hawke MP – Federal Member for Mitchell, will be replaced by former Minister David Borger

27 July  – Rob Oakeshott MP – IND – Federal Member for Lyne