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 Spinaze
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. Joh for PM was originally commissioned in partnership with Playlab. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.