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Jonathan Biggins' dark new comedy pierces the 24-hour news cycle and the shock jocks of Australian talkback radio.

Despite what's being said about social media right now, it's still difficult to find a better constructed echo-chamber than a talkback studio. Talk is an attempt by Jonathan Biggins, one third of The Wharf Revue gang, to make sense of an ever-quickening news cycle and to find where shock jocks, the founding fathers of the age of alternative facts, will fit in their new utopia.

John Behan (John Waters) is nothing out of the box when it comes to talkback hosts. As happy chatting about neighbours who have let their plum trees get out of control as why climate change doesn't exist on cold mornings, Behan is incendiary and loves it. The play begins as he falls afoul of the law for revealing the criminal record of a man being tried for sexual assault.

"I think there's a little right-wing person hiding inside all of us," John Waters told ABC Radio. If that's true and yours is due for an outing, get yourself to Talk. There'll be more than enough vitriol to go round.

Image: James Green.

Published on April 03, 2017 by Matt Abotomey

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