Dejected federal Labor Party leaders are hoping to lift their spirits and exorcise the demons of their failure to topple the Morrison Government by appearing in a new David Williamson play about the 18 May election.
Mr Williamson said his new play, Don’s Kids’ Party, is a logical flow-on from his big hit Don’s Party which was first produced in 1971 and was based around a group of party guests watching the Gough Whitlam-led Labor Party lose the 1969 election after being widely predicted to take office.
“I realised that people like Bill Shorten and others now in charge of the Labor Party would have been just kids 50 years ago when the events of the original Don’s Party took place,” he said.
“So after the Labor Party’s election debacle on Saturday I locked myself away for a couple of hours and knocked up a new play.
“I then approached Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese, and Chris Bowen to take on some of the key roles and they have already started rehearsals (main picture).
“They all readily agreed to appear because they had cleared their diaries for coming weeks hoping to be in the transition to government, but now had plenty of time on their hands.
“I’ve also interested Penny Wong and Tanya Plibersek in auditioning for some of the female roles.
“They’ve all told me it has so far helped them work through their understandable disappointment at having their own party so badly rejected at Saturday’s election.
“I have advised them all that they should take heart from the fact that while the original Don’s Party shows the deep disappointment at losing an unloseable election, Whitlam did go on just three years later in 1972 to win office.
“Of course I haven’t mentioned to them the facts that Gough in 1972 was up against one of the truly laughable Liberal figures in Billy McMahon and that he and his government were buried under a stinking, screaming landslide of shit just another three years after that,” Mr Williamson said.