A stalwart of political satire, funnyman Max Gillies brings his show to NLWF this July, cataloguing some of his most infamous characters in Once Were Leaders.
Is Australia suffering a leadership deficit? There was a time when politicians could inspire us. But were they really better than the current crop or has our perception benefited from the passage of time?
Max Gillies has been a keen observer of the political combat zone for half a century.
His fascination with the ups and downs of political leadership has seen him parody everyone from Hawke to Thatcher and many more.
Once Max used to apply make-up, wigs and prosthetic enhancements in order to disguise himself. He doesn’t have those bits and pieces anymore. But he has accumulated a rich collection of caricatures. Once Were Leaders sees Max share his memories of a life spent on the fringes of power, mining the archives for his favourite game changing speeches.
Max Gillies portrays the following characters during the show:
• Bob Hawke
• Paul Keating
• Graham Richardson
• Kevin Rudd
• John Howard
• Malcolm Fraser
• Margaret Thatcher (UK)
• Ronald Reagan (US)
• Queen Elizabeth
• Robert Menzies
“AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS, HIS DEPICTIONS ARE JUST AS ACERBIC AND DISTURBINGLY ACCURATE”
Once Were Leaders, an evening with Max Gillies
Monday 18 July - 7.30pm
Tuesday 19 July - 7.30pm
$55 (includes booking fee)
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
2 hours with intermission
ADDITIONAL: The final (ever) two performances of Once Were Leaders will be performed at NWLF 2016
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The J Theatre, Noosa Junction
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