Yes, Prime Minister Sydney Theatre opening night review, photos and story; MiSociety 4 April 2012
Yes, Prime Minister – This Premier of a comedy is Hilariously Politically Incorrect
Yes, Prime Minister – review of the opening night.
Yes, Prime Minister, a new comedy, has premiered in Sydney at the Sydney Theatre for a limited season till 13 May 2012.
Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, joint writers of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’, have crafted an extremely clever and funny satire focussing on the unscrupulousness of government and particularly, the spin they use in every facet of their public statements.
Philip Quast (Sir Humphrey Appleby, Cabinet Secretary) is superb while being very ably supported by Mark Owen- Taylor (Jim Hacker, PM) and John Lloyd Fillingham (Bernard Woolley, Principal Private Secretary) along with Caroline Craig (Claire Sutton, Special Policy Advisor).
‘Yes, Prime Minister’ is packed full of witty one liners, the hallmark of the original BBC television series of the eighties ‘Yes Minister’ and subsequently ‘Yes, Prime Minister’, crafted also by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.
With music by the British composer Sir Edward Elgar playing before the show and at interval and with English brand ‘Yorkshire Tea’ prominently advertised in the printed program one could be forgiven for pre-thinking that the play’s humour might be a tad too Anglicised. Sydney’s opening night audience clearly ‘got it’, however, judging by the continuous laughter. Their appreciation of the comedy rose to a peak when ‘spin speak’ touched on issues close to the Australian shores – for example, a reference to carbon tax (or should that be ‘carbon pricing’ Sir Humphrey?).
The After Party at the Sydney Theatre saw a relaxed appearance by the principle characters Prime Minister Jim Hacker (Philip Quast) and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Mark Owen- Taylor) (sans ties) together with other cast members. Invited guests included bureaucrats and some political heavyweights notably Philip Ruddock, Bronwyn Bishop and Andrew Robb, who are well known for speaking their minds plainly without the aid of ‘spin doctors’. MiSociety couldn’t help but note that, as guests enjoyed the canapés and drinks on offer, many were not holding back on their own satirical views on today’s Australian political leaders – oh Yes, Prime Minister!
How wonderful to be privy to such well written dialogue that portrays so skilfully that some things never change…a must see play in Sydney.
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