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Australia Day

  • 9 Performances 5 to 23 February 2020

“You think we’re old fashioned, out of touch, that it’s all Captain Cook and flag tattoos”

Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins

Directors: Col Kirkman and Robert Comber

February 5 to 23

Welcome to the typical little Aussie country town of Coriole, where life is laidback and carefree – unless you’re a member of the Australia Day Committee, who couldn’t raffle a chook in a pub.

Charged with putting together the ultimate cultural celebration of what it means to be Australian, the town’s six quirky community leaders are all over the place like a mad woman’s breakfast when it comes to matters of national identity.

What’s worse, affable yet scheming Mayor Brian Harrigan has his eye off the ball, preoccupied by his own bid to win true-blue preselection for the Liberal Party and his ongoing sledging sessions with the local Greens.

A bang-up-to-the-moment barbecue-stopper of a comedy with real Aussie flavour, Australia Day follows this mob of bumbling bureaucratic battlers as they squabble about every detail of the national day. Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA, these unhappy little Vegemites are at loggerheads just deciding which type of bread’s appropriate for a “dinky-di” sausage sizzle.

So grab a lamington and a stubbie, sit back, and find out whether Coriole’s Australia Day will be a little ripper, or will it go off like a bucket of prawns in the sun?

Language Warning

Australia Day contains strong language and mature themes.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Opening Night!

Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday February 5 and help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices

Tickets: $25 (full); $20 (concession)
Group Concessions 10+: $20
Season Tickets for 2020: $65
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details


Bookings open January 2020 when you can book online or call 0466 332 766 (10 - 3 daily).


Col Kirkman and Robert Comber

The Cast

Ronan Barrett - Robert
Ian Robinson - Brian
Emma Saxby-Tisdell - Maree
Emma Campbell - Helen
Matt Robinson - Wally
Andrew Wu - Chester
April Foster - Sheila

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:
Wed 5, Fri 7, Sat 8, Fri 14, Sat 15, Fri 21, Sat 22**

Matinees at 2:00pm:
Sun 16, Sun 23

Doors open 30 minutes before performances

** Please note that there are football matches on Saturday 22 February and parking will be limited close to the theatre. It is expected that a drop off point will be located close to the theatre in High Street.

By arrangement with David Spicer Productions www.davidspicer.com.au