Culture: Politics has never been so much fun

Trademark satire: Fresh with a new Senate, Australia is Open for Business under new mismanagement.

Trademark satire: Fresh with a new Senate, Australia is Open for Business under new mismanagement.

The Sydney Theatre Company is premiering its 15th season of political satire The Wharf Revue at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, in September.

Open for Business is a show full of side-splitting sketches where you can see Canberra's politicians in silly situations and dance routines, musical director Phill Scott said.

"We use a whole lot of show business models to satirise our current leaders in politics — and if we don't think people will know who they are then we put up a sign telling them," he laughed.

"I play Joe Hockey as Shrek and we show Bill Shorten and the rest of the Labor party as a bunch koalas stranded in the forest."

Everyone is a target: Clive "Coach" Palmer and the Balance of Power Rangers, Cory Bernardi's beach party, where even the weiners are consumed with moral outrage, hard-hitting jurna . . . journoliz . . . jernalism from News Limited, everyone's favourite Education Minister Christopher Robin Pyne and all the usual assorted suspects who make Australian politics such a joy.

Scott — who wrote created the show with Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe — said politicians provide an endless pool of material.

"Stuff in the budget that people are not happy with are great gems for us to put in the show," he said.

"Some things come and go and other things like the line about how 'poor people don't drive' made an impression and will stay around for a long time.

"But people don't have to know every detail and 'who is who' because we have jokes and silly rhymes.

"People from overseas who know nothing about Australian politics and current affairs have a good time."

Amanda Bishop and Doug Hansell are also in the show.

The Wharf Revue 2014: Open for Business will be at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on September 4, 5 and 6 and at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from September 10-13.

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