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Entertaining the rage: Gough resurrected in The Dismissal, The Musical

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22.06.2019

You will recall TFF having raved about the historical musical Hamilton which – documenting the extraordinary story of George Washington’s right-hand-man Alexander Hamilton – I have seen several times in New York. It is wonderful that it's coming here in 18 months and I will be first in line to see it again. But even while watching it I was lamenting the fact Australia hasn’t yet come up with our own commercial blockbuster musical based on our own fabulous history. Well, on Thursday evening at the Seymour Centre, I might have seen it. It’s in its early off-Broadway stages, but The Dismissal – The Musical, telling the story of Gough Whitlam’s sacking was fabulous from first to last, and received a standing ovation.

The Dismissal The Musical revives the political crisis around Gough Whitlam's 1975 sacking.

Jay James-Moody conceived of the project, had Blake Erickson join him as a co-writer, with Laura Murphy (of Muriel’s Wedding The Musical fame) joining as composer and lyricist. Cleverly constructed, it had “Norman Gunston” – who was actually on the steps of Parliament House when Gough made his iconic “Maintain the Rage” speech, as the narrator. Of the central players of the time, only Gunston, The Queen, and Junie Morosi are still with us, and last night Morosi was in the audience. It would be wonderful to see the whole thing take Australia by storm!

Norman Gunston, on the spot in 1975 for the sacked Gough Whitlam's "Maintain the Rage" speech.

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