By Casey Bennetto
Directed by Neil Armfield

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 08 Nov – 23 Dec 2006

    Written in a rush of creative and musical energy, Casey Bennetto’s Keating! burst into life at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March 2005. The comic genius of the lyrics, the audacity of the conception, the beat and swing of the music sent its sold-out audiences spinning into the night.

    The production won all available awards at the Festival and the pattern was repeated in a short five night season at the Sydney Opera House in August 2005. Before it even opened, you couldn’t get a seat.

    Casey Bennetto’s scathingly hilarious lyrics tear through the reign and tragic fall of the Placido Domingo of Australian politics in a production with Neil Armfield and comic satirist John Clarke blowing wind into Casey’s spinnaker.

    Part French farce, part Greek tragedy, and all Australian history, ‘the country soul opera we had to have’ transports you back to a time less politically grey as it charts the rise, fall and rise again of an antique clock collector from Bankstown.

    SIGH over duets between a love-struck Cheryl and Gareth! HISS the mean-spirited ghost of Lazarus with a triple bypass! THRILL to the spectacular settings from the plush sitting rooms of Kirribilli House to the Bankstown RSL!

    Bennetto’s outlandish and biting musical is bigger and better than ever. This Christmas, flip the switch to vaudeville!


    By Casey Bennetto
    Directed by Neil Armfield
    Musical Director Casey Bennetto
    Set Designer Brian Thompson
    Costume Designer Jennifer Irwin
    Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
    Choreographer John O’Connell
    Sound Designer Steve Francis
    Stage Manager Jeff Stein
    Assistant Stage Manager/Occasional Performer & Dancer Suzanne Large
    Sound Operator Michael Toisuta


    Casey Bennetto
    Alon Ilsar
    Mike McLeish
    Eden Ottignon
    Enio Pozzebon
    Terry Serio
    Guy Strazz
    Mick Stuart

    Production images by Heidrun Löhr


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