by Jonathan Biggins Welcome to the 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. These six quirky community leaders can’t agree what it means to be true blue Aussie, and Mayor Brian Harrigan is no help. He’s too busy scheming over his Liberal Party preselection and sledging the local Greens. A bang-up-to-the-moment barbecue-stopper of a comedy, Australia Day follows a mob of bumbling bureaucratic battlers as they debate the details of the national day. Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA; these unhappy little Vegemites are at loggerheads deciding on the appropriate type of bread for a dinky-di sausage sizzle. Grab a lamington and a stubbie, sit back, and find out if Coriole’s Australia Day will be a little ripper, or will it go off like a bucket of prawns in the sun! directed by Andrea Moor.
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|2013 – 2014||Play, Original||Australian Tour|
Jonathan Biggins (born 16 September 1960 in Newcastle, Australia), is an Australian actor, singer, writer, and comedian. He has appeared on film, stage and television, as well as in satirical sketch comedy television programs. Jonathan currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
Stage appearances include The Importance of Being Earnest (in which he appeared as “John Worthing”, inheriting the role from Geoffrey Rush) — also appearing in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Orpheus in the Underworld, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Savoy operas Ruddigore and The Mikado .
His television appearances include The Dingo Principle and Three Men and a Baby Grand, satirical sketch television comedy programs for which he was a writer/performer with Phillip Scott and Drew Forsythe. He also presented the arts panel program “Critical Mass”.
His film appearances include Thank God He Met Lizzie and Gettin’ Square. He also co-wrote, with Phillip Scott, some of the dialogue for The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular, a stage musical based on the poem “The Man from Snowy River”. Biggins also played Peter Sellers in Ying Tong, a play about Spike Milligan and The Goons and an Australian-wide hit.
Jonathan Biggins has directed the Wharf Revue since 2000, written for the Sydney Morning Herald weekly magazine Good Weekend for seven years, and directed the Australian production of Avenue Q. He recently hosted the 2010 New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Sydney Opera House.
He is married to Ayrshire-born Australian actress Elaine Smith, most known for playing the role of Daphne Clarke in the soap opera Neighbours. He and Smith have twin daughters born in February 2000, Charlotte Elisabeth and Imogen Rebecca.
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