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Bondi Feast: All Hail Me!

"satire with sympathy"

Bobbie-Jean Henning takes a satirical stick to her least favourite monarch.

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Bondi Feast: All Hail Me!

Date: 9 Jul 2018

“Why did I write this show?

Well, I don’t like being told what to do and I really don’t like being told what not to do.

So, here I am with a show in which I play a middle-aged, tyrannical King of England – who I strongly believe was THE WORST – while wearing pink with orange.

For me, this show has always been about fun. It’s been fun to create, fun to perform and a lot of fun to spectate.

I never write from a political viewpoint. I just write from my viewpoint, which turns out is political.

I’d call All Hail Me! a satire with sympathy. Henry VIII’s actions were horrendous but I also wanted to look at how he got away with it all. All of the stories I tell in All Hail Me! are true. You couldn’t make up anything better than what actually happened. I’ve just changed the Henry it happened to.

I originally wrote and performed this show back in 2016 and so much has happened since then. I’ve changed hardly anything from that original version because, unfortunately, it’s just become more relevant with time. Which is good for me because re-editing is a bloody nightmare.

I wrote All Hail Me to make people laugh, to make fun of things I disagree with, and to play someone wild while singing some epic songs.

Also, it’s one night only so I don’t need to pace myself at all …”

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