Political satire with mirrors

It’s the post-Abbott era, Turnbull is walking the thin line between liberal and Liberal, and Shorten is no longer anyone but Abbott. In this election year, S&S have put everything on the table to present songs and stories so up-to-date that the ink will be drying on the page, as well as reminding you of some of the highlights and lowlights of the budget fumbles and poll tumbles of the Abbott years. All you can do is laugh, and what better way to do that than with the songs and comedy, quirkiness and poignancy of Shortis and Simpson. The Famous Spiegeltent, Civic Square. Sun Feb 21, 6.30pm, $35/$30. To book go to:  canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/shortis-and-simpson/

OUT OF THE CABINET                                                                   For the very last time, Shortis and Simspon present their annual show that accompanies the release of the cabinet documents, this time of 1990/91- when we had the recession we had to have, when Keating became PM, and Hewson made it to Opposition leader. Milli Vanilli were caught miming, Nirvana were smelling like teen spirit, Freddie Mercury died, Sinead O’Connor burst on the scene, and the Wiggles were born. Once again, S&S will be joined by Dr Nicholas Brown, who will give his take on the cabinet documents. And it’s the Enlighten Festival, so come and bathe in the warm glow of illuminated public buildings, and be entertained and informed at the same time. National Archives, Sat Mar 5/12, 6.30/8.30pm, $15.29 (plus small delivery fee) To book.http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=OUTOFTHE16

 Also coming up….                                                                -Worldly Goods Au Naturel! Worldly Goods Choir at National Archives to accompany Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, National Archives, Fri Mar 4/11, 7.30pm. Free.

-Shortis and Simpson at the Cobargo Folk Festival- Cobargo Showground, Feb 26-29, cobargofolkfestival.com

-The Power and the Passion-Accompanying the Midnight Oil exhibition, Shortis and Simpson give their unique musical take on the music and politics and social history of this important Aussie band.. Fri Mar 18, Tuggeranong Arts Centre. Details soon.