24 February 2010 Story and Photos: MiSociety
Max Gillies, the High Priest of Impersonation and Satire breaks into GOD’s ZONE of Politics.
GODZONE showcases Max Gillies singularly portraying the cream (homogenized?) of today’s Australian political leaders. Max lumps them all into an evening basket of great fun where none of them are safe. Seeing these characters in this light we couldn’t help but ponder what basket cases they can appear to be.
Max’s riotous renditions of K Rudd’s regurgitated ramblings and revolving arm sweeps are a riot while Abbott’s eternally egotistical utterings from between his aeronautical ears was right on. A gorgeous ‘Gillard’ was not left out as we were treated to a children’s classroom conversation. Jolly Joe Hockey lined up along with ‘God Is Not Great’ author Christopher Hitchens sprucing his hard line views. Andrew Bolt’s besotment with his ‘believing readers’ also got a serve.
GODZONE’s writer Guy Rundle’s art of alliteration and the adeptness of his scripts are reminiscent of the political satire game so brilliantly ‘Peter Cooked’ to perfection back in the nineteen seventies.
As expected for the opening night for a show like GODZONE a potpourri of ex pollies and current affairs scribes rallied. Luminaries included Neville Wran with his wife Jill, author Thomas Keneally and ABC ‘faces’. Political soothsayer, Bob Ellis, gave Misociety his usual crystal balling of the current political scene marking out as a future leader of Australia the current Federal Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner MP.
GODZONE is a superb one off show and is showing at the Seymour Centre until 6 March 2010 more info
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