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Often reality and truth are stranger than fiction, especially when it comes to the world of politics. So it was only fitting for Stuart Englund to draw upon his decade embedded within the political world for his new Sydney Fringe Festival performance What I’ll Never Say.

Stuart Englund has spent the last 10 years consulting with almost every member of senior Parliament, first as a commercial lawyer, then a political staffer in the early days of the Carr Labor Government in NSW, and now as a Canberra lobbyist.

“The show is based on working daily with the very people that are trying to make politics function,” says Englund, “Our politics is deep in a rough patch and it can be incredibly frustrating, but it isn’t broken. Almost all of our politicians are women and men with the best of intentions. They aren’t devils and they aren’t saints, they’re just human. When we’re under pressure it isn’t the time to give up on politics; if we want something different, it’s time to get involved.”

This show will give audiences a look behind the veil of modern day politics, and may even have you sympathising with politicians in ways you never thought possible.

Until Sep 9. Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. $15-$25. Tickets & Info: www.sydneyfringe.com