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The Rock-itt : June 2010
Pennies from Kevin -- The Wharf Review The song "Pennies from Heaven" was initially written during the 1920's -- 30's depression, when Bushy Berkerley devised a show with the message -- "Every cloud has a silver lining, if you stop grizzling and look for it." For the price of admission it made millions of people feel better for a couple of hours. The Wharf Review has taken this idea into their opening sequence. Today, the world is experiencing the effects of another global crisis, but in Australia, we did not participate, because we got, "Pennies from Kevin. " Goodbye to today's financial problems -- rising home loan rates etc -- cross the road and dance down to The Glen Street Theatre where the clever chaps from The Wharf Review are proving their 10th year of sending up our politicians and current affairs is still as funny as ever. Thought up by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott, this latest review -- its structure -- sketches -- songs -- lyrics -- moves and team work has been honed to produce a savage satire where no one is spared -- Kevin Potter, Swan Weasley, Kerionies Gillard, Nick Xenophaul's rendition of "Old Man Murray, Kevin Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Canberra's Got Talent, Big Eater, Penny K D Wong singing Constant Cane Ins" - to name just a few. The new girl in the team more than holds her own with the guys. One of her songs is about why her guy Obama is the new black. The 10th Anniversary Wharf Review, features one girl, three guys and a grand piano is a must see if you enjoy witty, cutting, clever and funny lines combined with toe tapping music. The Review is a nonstop, no interval laughter feast. PAGE8 13--23RDMAY David Page, one of the Pages Family's talented songs, today is a stage and screen actor, and award winning composer for film, TV and the stage including the Bangarra Dance Theatre. In Page 8, David is like someone who's just dropped into your home and starts in a much laid back style to tell you his life history. Using Super 8 movie film clips he introduces his six brothers and six sisters, his parents when they lived on the Mt Gravatt Housing Commission Estate and also his God fearing Aunt from Beau Desert. David explains he's always liked to sing and often entertained the family. At 13 he did the Pub circuit step later cutting a single with Atlantic Records. From this it was just a short step to becoming Australia's answer to Michael Jackson. David appeared on the Paul Hogan Show and Countdown, he enjoyed being a celebrity. But all this changed when his voice broke and he was dumped by this industry. There followed a dark period when David tried to confront who he was, his place in society and not the least, the fact that he was gay. It was at this time his Aunt and Mum combined to buy him a movie camera and he learnt he could express his artistic talents in other ways. He became a Myer window dresser but eventually he realised he needed to return to school to complete his education and join the Torres Strait Islanders and indigenous peoples at their theatre school in Adelaide. Page 8 could just have been a comfortable remembrance of family events, but in the hands of this accomplished performer, with his use of the Super 8 film clips, music, dance and signing -- today David is a mellow well modulated tenor voice - and drag, plus his own talented dialogue, it becomes a free flowing piece of storytelling, beautifully crafted. David uses minimal stage settings to transport the audience and often sat on the stage edge to get closer to his onlookers. David Page in front of his poster