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Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'Australia Day: A day off work, an excuse to fire up the barbeque, an opportunity to drink copious amounts of beer and, most importantly, a celebration of our national identity... whatever that is.

For the members of the Australia Day committee in the small country town of Coriole, the issue of cultural identity is prickly to say the least. If they could agree on what kind of Australia they are celebrating, they might be able to tackle the really big questions: Does a sausage sizzle code as monocultural? And should the special needs kids be forced to perform their dance routine on the national day?

Suffice to say that with a committee comprising of an ambitious Liberal Mayor, a Greens Councillor, a bigoted builder, an Australian-born Vietnamese school teacher and a member of the CWA, rolling out the Australia Day celebrations will be as complex and controversial as carbon pricing.

This wickedly funny new play from stalwart of political satire, Jonathan Biggins, was inspired by his own experiences as an Australia Day Ambassador, and will be realised by the comic genius of veteran director, Richard Cottrell.

In a period when political correctness has overwhelmed us, Biggins' fearlessness is refreshing, but even when he is pointing out our ugliest features he does so with affection and quintessentially Aussie good humour.' (Source: Sydney Theatre Co. website)

Notes

  • 2013 Helpmann Award nominations include:

    Valerie Bader : Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play

Production Details

  • A co-production by the Melbourne Theatre Company with the Sydney Theatre Company and Allens Arthur Robinson, 21-26 April 2012 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre, Melbourne. Director: Richard Cottrell.

    Performed at:

    Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW 22 August 2012.

    Drama Theatre (Sydney Opera House) Sydney, NSW 7 September - 27 October 2012.

    Playhouse, South Brisbane, QLD 25 January - 16 February 2014.

    Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin, NT 10 July - 14 July 2015.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2012
    • Rose Bay, Sydney Eastern Harbourside, Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: David Spicer Productions , 2015 .
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      Extent: 98p.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 January 2012
      ISBN: 9780994347305

Works about this Work

Fair Dinkum Satire : Play Targets Australia Day Celebrations 2015 single work review
— Appears in: NT News , 4 July 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
'Australian Society is known for its complexities surrounding issues such as multiculturalism and political policy, often targeted in the performing arts for satirical purposes...'
Days of Whine & Posers Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 January 2014; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Laugh Mask Serious Intent of QTC's Latest Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 February 2014; (p. 35)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Life's Stage Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 15-21 January 2014; (p. 25)
Australia Day, Queensland Theatre Company Zenobia Frost , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 February 2014;

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
QTC Chief Denies Censorship 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 Februay 2014; (p. 13)
A Chance to Wax Parochial Steve Dow , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6-7 April 2012; (p. 20-21)
Not Just a Day of Bad Tattoos and Jingoism Tim Douglas , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 April 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Sacred Cows Skewered into Wince Meat Elly Varrenti , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 28 April 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
National Day is Always Good For a Laugh Martin Buzacott , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Actor Earns His Stripes Joanne Sim , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Melbourne Weekly , 25 April 2012; (p. 9)
A National Affair Ron Cerabona , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 August 2012; (p. 16)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Stage Is Set for a Microcosm of Aussie Views Ron Cerabona , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 August 2012; (p. 8)
More Aussie Satire Than You Can Poke a Stick At Peter Wilkins , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 August 2012; (p. 7)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
By Jingo, a Leftie Takes Back Australia Day Steve Dow , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 September 2012; (p. 12)
Our National Day Jonathan Biggins , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 71 no. 1 2012; (p. 13-15)
'I'd always been ambivalent about the celebration of Australia Day. Being of the inner-city, bleeding-heart leftie brigade, for me it conjured images of flag tattoos, Kochie in a Southern Cross barbecue apron and Cronulla on a bad day. But then I was asked to be an Australia Day Ambassador, a program run in New South Wales to send people with some sort of public profile out into the community to help officiate at regional celebrations and give a speech to the new citizens. I have no idea why they picked me - when I arrived in Speers Point it was immediately apparent that no-one had a clue who I was. The local mayor and I did a circuit of the park, and my only consolation was that even fewer people knew who he was.' (Author's abstract)
Big Day in Little Town Lyn Mills , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 2 September 2012; (p. 33)
Warm and Funny Send-up of the Way We Are Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 September 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
A New Generation Delivers Clare Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 October 2011; (p. 4)
Not Just a Day of Bad Tattoos and Jingoism Tim Douglas , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 April 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Sacred Cows Skewered into Wince Meat Elly Varrenti , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 28 April 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
National Day is Always Good For a Laugh Martin Buzacott , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2012; (p. 14)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
A National Affair Ron Cerabona , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 August 2012; (p. 16)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
More Aussie Satire Than You Can Poke a Stick At Peter Wilkins , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 31 August 2012; (p. 7)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Warm and Funny Send-up of the Way We Are Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 September 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Days of Whine & Posers Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 January 2014; (p. 44-45)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Australia Day, Queensland Theatre Company Zenobia Frost , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 1 February 2014;

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Laugh Mask Serious Intent of QTC's Latest Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 February 2014; (p. 35)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
Fair Dinkum Satire : Play Targets Australia Day Celebrations 2015 single work review
— Appears in: NT News , 4 July 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of Australia Day Jonathan Biggins 2012 single work drama
'Australian Society is known for its complexities surrounding issues such as multiculturalism and political policy, often targeted in the performing arts for satirical purposes...'
A New Generation Delivers Clare Morgan , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 October 2011; (p. 4)
A Chance to Wax Parochial Steve Dow , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 6-7 April 2012; (p. 20-21)
Actor Earns His Stripes Joanne Sim , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Melbourne Weekly , 25 April 2012; (p. 9)
Stage Is Set for a Microcosm of Aussie Views Ron Cerabona , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 August 2012; (p. 8)
By Jingo, a Leftie Takes Back Australia Day Steve Dow , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 September 2012; (p. 12)
Our National Day Jonathan Biggins , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 71 no. 1 2012; (p. 13-15)
'I'd always been ambivalent about the celebration of Australia Day. Being of the inner-city, bleeding-heart leftie brigade, for me it conjured images of flag tattoos, Kochie in a Southern Cross barbecue apron and Cronulla on a bad day. But then I was asked to be an Australia Day Ambassador, a program run in New South Wales to send people with some sort of public profile out into the community to help officiate at regional celebrations and give a speech to the new citizens. I have no idea why they picked me - when I arrived in Speers Point it was immediately apparent that no-one had a clue who I was. The local mayor and I did a circuit of the park, and my only consolation was that even fewer people knew who he was.' (Author's abstract)
Big Day in Little Town Lyn Mills , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 2 September 2012; (p. 33)
Life's Stage Fiona Purdon , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 15-21 January 2014; (p. 25)
QTC Chief Denies Censorship 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 Februay 2014; (p. 13)
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