Shock jock drama

Radio shock jocks have a big influence on the way Australians think. Apparently. (I don’t listen to them. Life’s too short.) Generally they are opinionated, right-wing manipulators with maturity issues.

David Williamson’s latest play, Influence, is about a shock jock and the disintegration of his life. David is, of course, one of Australia’s most artful commentators on the Australian psyche with plays like The Club, Travelling North and Don’s Party already under his dramatic belt.

Influence is a scathing but funny play about the media personalities that dominate our lives and the divisions that can shatter families. It’s a comic yet compassionate exploration of important contemporary social issues such as power, manipulation and fear.

Bully boy Ziggy Blasco is a high-rating Sydney shock jock who is courted by politicians and public figures, a man who has the ability to influence public opinion with his hard line views on everything from terrorism to political correctness:

“This is Ziggy Blasco on Life 608, the station that lets you get it off your chest. What are your pet hates? I’ll tell you one of mine. It’s our bleeding-heart, overeducated, left liberal, elites...”

Lismore Theatre Company’s latest production, Influence, opens at the Rochdale Theatre in Lismore on Friday, April 30, and runs till Saturday, May 15.

Show times are May 1, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8pm; matinee on May 8 at 2pm.

Tickets ($20/15) are available from Kay’s Second Hand Music and Uncle Peter’s Books in Lismore (6621 8030). Or at the door.


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