About True Blue Revue

The Cast 2018-08-15T23:40:37+00:00

The True Blue Revue is a comedy sensation about the history of our nation,
From Ned Kelly to Captain Cook, Dame Nellie to Don Bradman, they’re all sent up in comedy

sketches, songs and jokes about the greatest hits of our history.

“The True Blue Revue” also features an exclusive performance of Banjo Patterson’s long forgotten (and newly written) classic “The Roo from Ringarock”, an Opera about the Sydney Opera House, Burke and Wills meet Harry Belafonte, Rum Rebellions, Flying Doctors and Phar Lap (not the actual Phar Lap, for some reason he never returned the producer’s phone calls).

It’s hilarious history for all ages, with 250 years of Australian history covered in 90 minutes of fun and frivolity.

The True Blue Revue. If Aussie history was this funny at school, you may have actually paid attention.

Please meet our Cast

John Wood has been a part of the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, earning him a long list of credits for varied roles on stage and screen.

His TV career was launched in 1976, playing “Sugar Renfrey” in the ABC TV Production of Power Without Glory, for which he won his first Logie as Best Supporting Actor. In the 1980’s he went on to star in the hit drama, Rafferty’s Rules as Magistrate “Michael Rafferty” which consolidated him as the well know and admired television actor he has become.

From 1994 and for the next 12 years, he played the role of “Tom Croydon” in Blue Heelers, one of Australia’s highest ever rating TV dramas. It culminated in John winning the prestigious Gold Logie in 2006, after 10 consecutive nominations as most popular person on Australian Television.

Subsequently, John has appeared in a number of shows including True Stories, It’s A Date, Paper Giants, Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries, Offspring and The Cut.

His more recent television role is as “Patrick Tyneman”, the baddie everybody loves to hate, in ABC’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

His stage career has included everything from Shakespeare to Williamson and a few Musicals in between, winning a number of Best Actor awards along the way. Highlights have included The Twelfth Night opposite Geoffrey Rush, directed by Neil Armfield and playing Jock in The Club for almost every state theatre company over 15 years. John has just concluded a national tour of Bakersfield Mist with his Blue Heelers castmate Julie Nihill.

Geoff Harvey was the Music Director of Channel 9 for 38 years, composing many of the network’s theme songs and responsible for most of its live music on shows such as The Don Lane Show, the Midday Show and Bob Roger’s Tonight Show on TCN-9 which was his first job in 1961.

He was then Musical Director for Dave Allen, and went on to work on most of Australia’s live entertainment shows, including Bandstand, The Sound of Music and The Don Lane Show. One of his most successful appointments was as the Musical Director of The Midday Show, a position he held for 22 years. While at Channel 9, he was also responsible for many of the networks theme songs, such as those for The Sullivans, A Current Affair, Today and Sunday.

After The Midday Show he worked with orchestras across Australia and was the Musical Director of Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve in Melbourne for 19 years. Geoff teaches music from his studio and still performs regularly.

Emily Taylor

Emily’s theatre credits include her award-winning solo show Cannonball which toured Australia and New Zealand; her Green Room Award winning cabaret Hello You, plus multiple short works for the MTC Education Program. She has performed in both Spontaneous Broadway and Random Musical, and worked as an improviser with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, Impro Melbourne and Impromptunes. Her solo shows Pet and Backwards both garnered rave reviews while playing at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Emily’s TV credits include guest roles in the ABC shows It’s A Date (Season 2), The Dr Blake Mysteries and the comedy Get Krack!n. Film work includes the Live Action feature Risen, and many short films. Emily is the face of Coles – New Girl and is an established voiceover artist.

Cameron Daddo began his multi-award winning career in entertainment over 30 years ago.

He has covered just about every angle… acting, producing, directing for film & television through to musical theatre. He is also a published singer/songwriter, magazine columnist and has credits as a television host and radio announcer.

Cameron kicked off his performing career as a model at the age of 18 and went on to host children’s television “The Dish” and “The Cameron Daddo Show”.  He moved into prime time TV to host “Perfect Match” and onto stage with productions including the lead in “Big River” and the Scarecrow in  “Wizard of Oz”. After marrying model Alison Brahe they moved to Los Angeles in 1992 and appeared in many top rating television shows including all of the “CSI’s” and “NCSI’s”, “The Mentalist”, he featured as the Vice President in a season of “24” and played the President in the hit series, “Nikita”.

Cameron has more recently worked between the US and Australia with local stage credits including Captain von Trapp in the 2016/17 National Tour of “The Sound of Music”, “Legally Blonde” and TV drama performances including “Beaconsfield”, and series regular Adam Goodman in “Packed to the Rafters”. He most recently performed as The Narrator in the Adelaide and Brisbane seasons of “The Rocky Horror Show”. 

DC Callan is an actor, comedian and writer who graduated from ASIO in 1993 with majors in Counterterrorism, Surveillance and Clowning. He resigned shortly after an in-house comedy revue that he directed and hosted at the ASIO staff Christmas party following the advice of the Director-General of ASIO who thought that, for the sake of National Security and internal sanity, DC should get out of the spying game.

DC’s stage credits include Certified MaleConstance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, The Schelling Point fo National Security and the Art of Taxidermy and most recently he voiced all of Sellers’ parts in The Goon Show Live, a live reading of Goon Show episodes as part of the Katoomba Yule Festival.

DC also regularly revisits his past profession in his critically acclaimed one-man show I Spied – true confessions of an ex-ASIO Spook, which has garnered him the Adelaide Fringe Show-of-the-Week Award, the Adelaide Fringe Critics Award and a nomination for Best Comedy at Fringeworld, Perth.

In 2000, DC took on the world as Lifesaver Dave, the host and raconteur at the Olympic Beach Volleyball at Bondi. Since then, he has worked with the crowds for the Goodwill Games Beach Volleyball, the Waratahs, the NRL, and the 15th Asian Games in Qatar. In 2010 he appeared alongside Russell Crowe as the Master of the Games in the Ben Hur Spectacular at ANZ Stadium, Homebush.

DC’s television credits include Good News WeekBackbernerElection ChaserAt Home With Julia; Rake, Tough Nuts and Doctor Doctor. In 2000 and 2001, DC starred as Noel in the groundbreaking improvised drama Going Home for SBS.

DC can also be heard regularly on Media Watch and has given voice to multiple characters in the animated series Gasp for Channel Nine and The Davincibles for Ten. He recently completed the remake of the classic French children’s animated series Vik the Viking.

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