Bryan Dawe


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Bryan Dawe is one of Australia's finest political satirists. He has enjoyed a long, successful career writing and performing on national radio, television and film.

Best-known for his work with John Clarke on the ABC's 7.30 Report where they prick the balloons of the nation's alleged political leaders. Bryan was also a cast member and writer of the critically acclaimed and highly successful spoof of the Sydney Olympics, the ABC TV series 'The Games'.

His film credits include the Australia hit comedy 'The Castle', 'The Honorable Wally Norman' and Paul Cox's 'Lust and Revenge'.
For many years, Bryan has been writing and performing two much loved satirical characters on ABC Radio: 'Sir Murray Rivers QC and 'Roly Parks' with his 'Letter Kalangadoo'.

Another facet of his many talents include his luminous, avante-garde photography. His first exhibition 'Imperfect Illusions' was held in Melbourne in 2005 and was followed in Sydney and Canberra in 2006. His current exhibition 'Interval' is showing until February 24th at Monash Gallery of Art at Wheelers Hill in Victoria. The show tours to Canberra, Sydney and Queensland in the second part of 2008.

Bryan's sharp wit and observation together with his flexibility and unique performances make him a popular addition to any corporate event. His obvious talent lends itself to MC, facilitator, hypothetical moderator, conference speaker and after dinner entertainer.

Some of his presentations include:

'Sir Murray Rivers QC' Sir Murray Rivers QC (retired) is one of Australia's most controversial legal and political figures. He is a former Victorian Supreme Court Judge and an outspoken media commentator.

With a wide range of controversial topics such as Corporate Governance and Ethics, Leadership, his views on IVF programs, the rise of Kevin Rudd, Greenhouse emissions and the environment plus whatever else he feels like pontificating upon.

This is a hilariously clever thirty minutes of humour and wit which confronts serious social and political issues in a satirical way that only Bryan can deliver."Roly Parks - Letter Kalangadoo"

Roly Parks lives in a town called Kalangadoo - a real town in the South east of Australia. Each week Roly writes a letter to his son, Gene, who lives in London with his partner, Ahmed. The letters are about Roly's life in Kalangadoo. They are both ironic and humorous but they can also be deeply touching, ranging his ongoing encounters with his former wife of fifty years, Sonya, to his run-ins with the town gossip Beryl Coates or with the burial of his best mate "Bull" Devine.

This is Australian story telling at its finest. A thoroughly entertaining forty five minutes by one of Australia's finest humourists. Dealing with aging, facing your maker and trying to stay afloat in a world that bears no resemblance to the one Roly grew up in. Roly's not complaining about the changes, he's just trying - like all of us - to make bloody sense of it.

"Nothing Organised"

This presentation takes it's cue Spike Milligan's famous statement 'I've got nothing organised - so nothing can go wrong.' Bryan takes us on a personal journey into his creative life, growing up in working class Port Adelaide to the creation of his two most loved characters - 'Roly Parks' and his much adored 'Letter Kalangadoo' series and the outrageous conservative 'Sir Murray Rivers QC' .

In a revealing and humorous hour, Bryan shows his audience how his characters originated and developed. He performs excerpts of his work, in his words - the 'wireless version' of the characters. He also talks about working with John Clarke and the making of the first series 'The Games'.


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