Review: Pat McCaffrie

A compelling political show unafraid to open a discussion

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Pat McCaffrie
Photo by Ann Bevans
Published 16 Feb 2019

Pat McCaffrie’s stage presence sets the room at ease. He opens the show with a relatable story about 2am burritos, demonstrating that he is an everyman more successfully than Scott Morrison ever could.

Much of the show plays on Morrison’s plight to make himself a man of the people who “eats pies with his hands”. Scotty is someone to be trusted leading the country, right?

While McCaffrie respects the position of Prime Minister, there are many things he’d rather do than get a photo with our esteemed leader. But this show isn’t only about what Scotty doesn’t know, it’s also about the strange things going on with Australian politics today.

Why is there still unequal representation in the Liberal Party? And why are religious groups rallying for the right to expel homosexual students and teachers from their positions?

McCaffrie's performance continues solidly, with prompt acknowledgement if a joke goes too far. Intelligent and socially aware, he isn't concerned solely with the issues relevant to his experience but also opens up the discussion. With an overt political angle Politics and Polar Bears is engaging and, at times, outright mocking.