Play time: A mad play about Australia Day… well before the real deal

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Australia Day @2x

With the weather starting to warm up, what better way to spend an evening than at the theatre. And lucky for us, Jonathan Biggins’ latest effort, Australia Day, looks set to keep those good times going… way before the ‘real’ Australia Day shenanigans kick off.

Directed by New Theatre’s Artistic Director Louise Fischer, with set design by David Marshall-Martin, lighting design by Nicola Block and sound by Mehran Mortezai, this laugh-out-loud comedy is just what is needed after all the craziness of 2017.

The story centres around the fictional NSW coastal town of Coriole, where preparations are underway for the annual Australia Day celebrations and the organising committee are thrashing out the details amidst disagreements over politics, patriotism and progress.

All this mayhem will be brought to life by a talented cast that includes Les Asmussen (The Ritz, The HIV Monologues), Peter Eyers (The Real Thing, Harvest, Privates on Parade), Alice Livingstone (The Clean House), Lap Nguyen (making his New Theatre debut), Martin Portus (The Diary of Anne Frank), and Amelia Robertson-Cuninghame (After The Dance, The Heidi Chronicles).

2017 might be coming to an end, but thanks to Australia Day, the fun doesn’t have to.  Chris Prindiville


‘Australia Day’ season runs from 14 November – 16 December at the New Theatre, Sydney.

Previews 14 & 15 November 7:30pm.

Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm.

Final show Sat 16 December 2pm.


Tickets available from or (02) 9519 3403.