The Hansard Monologues
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Hansard Monologues are two plays, co-written by Katie Pollock and Paul Daley, using transcripts from Hansard, the record of Parliament, to document the turbulence of modern politics and crises of our times. A Matter of Public Importance covers the 43rd Parliament of Australia (2010–2013), while Age of Entitlement covers the 44th Parliament of Australia (2014–2016).
'It’s punchy, it’s funny, and it’s surprisingly moving. If you like your politics delivered with wit and style, or your theatre to be very literally ripped from contemporary events, The Hansard Monologues should be right in your sweet spot.' – The Guardian
'The Hansard Monologues was much better than I could have foreseen … it had startling, and gripping, Shakespearean force.' – Bob Ellis, Table Talk
'The Hansard Monologues is smart, engaging, at times surprising – and frequently very, very funny. No wonder that more than one audience member requested another show like it after the 44th parliament. Yes please! Rating: 4 1⁄2 stars out of 5' – Arts Hub
'Intriguing and compelling … The Hansard Monologues is exceptionally relevant and important theatre.' – Stage Whispers
The Hansard Monologues were first produced at the Seymour Centre, before touring to Merrigong Theatre Company, Glen Street Theatre, Casula Powerhouse and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra.