JULIA: THE MUSICAL – SHOW CANCELLED
Due to unforseen circumstances relating to failed funding applications the Producer of JULIA The Musical has been withdrawn this production for 2017
“Julia Gillard would recognise her own words in the dialogue and the song lyrics. She would perhaps disagree with the poetic licence we use to highlight but not fabricate.”
Born into a working class immigrant family, Julia Gillard gave little indication of leadership aspirations. She was a teenager who had few friends, she was neither cheerleader nor athlete. An inkling of her ambition arose when she became President of the Australian Union of Students and during her partnership at a law firm. The more she succeeded, the further she could see her career growing. Strong alliances allowed her to travel a pathway to the Labor Party executive. At no stage did she ever win universal support but enough majority to progress her to make Australian political history by becoming the first woman Prime Minister. To her credit she had learned that it was all about the numbers. What followed was 3 years and 3 days of personal, political and emotional turmoil. Each and every blow was examined by local, national and international media. JULIA: The Musical is based Julia Gillard’s own recollections as well as other key players including Kevin Rudd, the left and right factions and prominent media personalities. The audience is taken on a journey following Julia’s ascent through the Labor Party ranks – including the not-so-subtle coup of Kevin Rudd as PM — to her advent as Prime Minister of Australia. You will see the wedding feast of Canberra where Julia and Kevin say ‘I do’ to becoming a political couple until their forced separation and ultimate political divorce. The ‘Gravy Train’ song leaves us wondering whether Julia’s sacrifices – both personal and political — were worthwhile.
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins, including interval.
Librettists: John Camillo & Francesco Sofo | Composers: Francesco Sofo & Adam Sofo Director: Stephen Pike Musical Diretor: Ian McLean Choreographer: Annette Sharpe Set Designer: Brian Sudding Costume Designer: Anna Senior
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