JONATHAN Biggins is looking forward to reliving his former rock star days when The Wharf Revue returns to Newcastle this week.
Biggins' band Music Flags was booked regularly at The Grand and The Cambridge in Newcastle in the 1980s.
As one-third of the creative team behind the political musical The Wharf Revue, Biggins was keen to relive his rock roots in this year's annual performance.
Biggins will pick up his guitar again for a skit on the US National Rifle Association, which packs a bit of a rock and roll punch.
It's on the opposite end of the musical spectrum to a farewell to Julia Gillard in The Wharf Revue by Amanda Bishop, which is based on the opera Carmen's Habanera.
This year's political hijinks lent themselves to a range of musical genres Biggins said, with the showdown between Kevin Rudd and Gillard a piece of theatre in itself.
Although the antics of the Labor Party in this year's federal election caused a lot of fuss in the media, he said, it did not necessarily translate to the stage.
"It's always a bit of a mixed blessing," Biggins said.
"You have these over-sensationalised headlines in the media but when you look underneath it all, there's not much [material] there at all - it's the same old things that have been around for years - things like boat people and the carbon tax."
Still, the antics of Clive Palmer, Gina Rinehart, Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have inspired a range of skits for the show.
"People are sick of the endless negativity of politicians - they just want to sit back and have a laugh at it all," Biggins said.
■ The Wharf Revue is on at the Civic Theatre this Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 at 8pm. Go to civictheatrenewcastle.com.au or phone 4929 1977.