That's Twice is a play about a group of politicians so overcome with honesty that they sentence themselves to prison. From their new home, they embark on a vast restructuring of their nation in order to make it accord with further inspired visions. That's Twice is political theatre in the form of stand-up comedy combined with rap music. Potentially, the show can be updated nightly and revised regularly to reflect changing political developments and the coming and going of politicians.
Archival video extract from That’s Twice by Mick Earnshaw and GJ Kalic performed Parliament House Canberra, ACT, Van Gogh’s Earlobe Brisbane, Sit Down Comedy Club Brisbane and other venues as well as on ABC TV Brisbane, Qld. 1993-1997. Featuring Mick Earnshaw, Heather Johansen, Steve Hyde, Tim Marchant and (variously) Maggie Marchant, Becci Byrne and Donna Hickey. Musical Direction by Dennis Byrne. Directed by GJ Kalic. A Taking Liberties Theatre Company production.
That’s Twice premiered at Parliament House late in 1993…its inventiveness is enhanced by terrific catchy songs delivered by the talent-plus Margaret Marchant and ensemble. Its object of satire is the mess pollies have made of Australia, a black-market theme park where no one owns anything and everything’s for sale, but with Stone Age spirituality.
A grotesque Murray Paul Torso (Mick Earnshaw in a piss-elegant costume) combines the rancid charisma of the TV evangelist with the commercial ethics of a street tout, flogging off the real estate to a ripe gallery of shady foreign personages.
His henchman Keith (Steve Hyde), in the best fat suit ever, resembles a former Queensland political figure. Fun is made of the workshop-led economic recovery, where the workforce is all productively employed in an endless succession of training schemes with never an actual job in sight - The Australian
The evening really belongs to Mick Earnshaw as Murray Paul Torso and Prince of this Den of Thieves. Murray Paul is an unforgettable character, a smiling, wild-eyed lunatic visionary in a black gangster’s suit, who loves us all and who wants to turn this country into “an international whorehouse where nothing is owned and everything is for sale” - The Brisbane Courier-Mail