The Dismissal Cast Announced

The Dismissal Cast Announced

Squabbalogic in association with the Seymour Centre will present the pre-world premiere of a brand-new Australian musical, The Dismissal, centred on one of the biggest political crisis in Australian political history in the York Theatre from June 18-22. 

Written by Jay James-Moody and Blake Erickson, with music and lyrics by Laura Murphy, The Dismissal tells the story of the most dramatic event in Australian political history, the firing of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr on November 11th, 1975. In 2019, Squabbalogic brings the dark intrigue, larrikin humour and larger than life characters of The Dismissal to the stage in this new Australian musical. 

Squabbalogic have assembled a cast including Matthew Whittet as Norman Gunston, Justin Smith as Gough Whitlam, Marney McQueen as Sir John Kerr, Andrew Cutcliffe as Malcolm Fraser and an ensemble which includes Blake Appelqvist, Georgie Bolton, Christian Charisiou, Jodie Harris, Monique Salle and Bishanyia Vincent. 

Director Jay James-Moody said, “The Dismissal is an iconic Australian moment in history and I’ve always been surprised these larger than life characters and incredible story have not been dramatized in a major theatrical production. I’m thrilled to be exploring the potential of this production with such an extroadinary team and we hope to bring audiences something between Keating (but maybe not as satirical) and Hamilton (but maybe not as earnest). Everything you will see in this show actually happened exactly the way we present it… including the singing and the dancing….”.

This pre-world premiere production provides a glimpse inside the creative process and invites the audience to participate in shaping the future of a new work. Don’t miss this limited work-in-progress event presentation as we develop, refine and redraft a new theatrical work before your eyes.


Book by Jay James-Moody & Blake Erickson

Music & Lyrics by Laura Murphy

DATES: Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 June 2019

TIMES: 7:30pm each day with additional matinees at 2pm on Wednesday 19 and Saturday 22 June

BOOKINGS: (02) 9351 7940

TICKETS: Full $74 | Concession $66 | Under 25s $35