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New theatre show looks at the little guys in politics

By Barcham - 7 May 2013 2

The Major Minor Party is a new theatre show that examines the minor parties that make up our political landscape.

Commissioned for Canberra’s Centenary, the highly entertaining and thought provoking world premiere of version 1.0’s The Major Minor Party, opens at The Playhouse from 29 May to 1 June.

The Major Minor Party explores the realm of the minor parties in Australia and asks who really represents us in the political world? With the Australian Sex Party as a launching pad for an investigation of civil liberties, version 1.0 explores marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia, abortion, censorship, sex education and the separation of church and state.

Considering how many of our readers enjoy politely discussing politics I would assume this show should be of interest to many of you.

Reflecting on the production’s role within CTC’s Collected Works Australia centenary season, version 1.0 asks 100 years after Canberra was founded to become a “city bearing a resemblance to the city beautiful of our dreams,” if the nation’s capital has lived up to its mantle? The result is a media and performance spectacle densely interweaving irreverent hilarity and sobering seriousness. Employing their highly innovative theatre?making techniques, version 1.0 invites you on a wild and eye?opening ride through the
Australian political landscape.

Centenary of Canberra and Canberra Theatre Centre present the world premiere of version 1.0’s The Major Minor Party at The Playhouse from 29 May to 1 June.

Performances: Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June at 8pm and Saturday 1 June at 2pm
(Access Performance)
Prices: A Reserve Adult $63, Concession $55 and Under 27 $50, B Reserve Adult $53, Concession $55 and
Under 27 $40, C Reserve Adult $43, Concession $35 and Under 27 $30
Ticketing Information: Contact Canberra Ticketing on (02) 6275 2700 or visit canberratheatrecentre.com.au

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New theatre show looks at the little guys in politics
Masquara 10:06 pm 07 May 13

It’ll be interesting to see whether it avoids many of the more scriptworthy issues of the day – presumably, if it was indeed commissioned by Robyn Archer, it will need to be a little tame. What a pity – there was, after all, the time when Fiona Patten and Robbie Swan infamously attempted to blackmail the Liberals after a pollie quite openly visited a sex shop with his partner, when Eros were objecting to a ban on screening porn in the parliamentary triangle. Those two were blacklisted by BOTH major parties for many years for hypocrisy and a*seholerie – they were run out of town. Does it cover when Fiona Patten, as a sex shop owner, pretended to also represent the interests of sex workers by running WISE? Then there was the set of canards delivered by the short-lived Eros PR bubble: the “none of our sex workers are on hard drugs” and the “no sex workers in the ACT are exploited” and the “no underage sex workers are employed in ACT brothels”… not even their least shady colleagues in the demimonde let them get away with that one. Where are they now? Presumably back in the half-light and not constantly foisting lame PR strategies onto everyday folk.

krome 9:46 pm 07 May 13

It’s been quite a while since there has been a show on that I want to have a sticky at. As a bit of a politico nerd I’ll head over to this one.

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