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Musical Comedy

Joh for PM

A new musical by Stephen Carleton and Paul Hodge

Presented by JUTE Theatre Company and Brisbane Powerhouse in association with Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council

Joh for PM launches this July at Brisbane Powerhouse to take Queenslanders on a musical romp through the life of ex-Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the Queensland icon who set state politics alight.

The musical comedy satirizes the bizarre events that occurred in Australian politics during the Bjelke-Petersen reign. Set at a fundraiser for Joh in 1987, audiences will want to sing along to original tunes such as Pumpkin Scone Diplomacy, Feeding the Chooks and the most catchy political song ever, Joh for PM.

Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland’s longest serving, longest-lived, most quotable Premier. He was one of the best-known and most controversial political figures of 20th century Australia. Award-winning playwright Stephen Carleton (The Narcissist, The Turquoise Elephant, Bastard Territory) and Off-Broadway composer Paul Hodge (Clinton: The Musical) have taken inspiration from these historic events to create one of the best musicals to come out of Queensland.

This toe-tapping, hilarious cautionary tale will resonate with Queenslanders who lived through the Joh era, as well as those who are yet to learn about this colourful time in our State’s history.

Join us for a laugh, a joke and a bloody good time.

Playwright Stephen Carleton
Music & Lyrics Paul Hodge
Starring Colin Lane, Chloe Dallimore, Kurt Phelan, Barb Lowing, Stephen Hirst and Simon Burvill-Homes
Director Kris Stewart
Designer Anthony Spineze
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations James Dobinson
Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
Choreographer Dan Venz

JUTE Theatre Company acknowledges the financial assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

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Common Questions

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Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 90 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

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