Casey Bennetto is an award-winning writer, musician and radio broadcaster. He wrote the musical KEATING!, hosts the program Superfluity on Melbourne’s 3RRR, and has appeared in places as diverse as ABCTV’s Spicks and Specks, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House.
Born in 1969, Bennetto spent his formative years amongst the fragrant meadows and blossoming malls of Greensborough, Melbourne. He made his way to university, procured a BA and worked variously as a proof reader, a copywriter, an IT specialist and as the lead singer in the band Skin, which garnered national commercial airplay for their 1994 EP, Waking Up With You.
As part of the ‘Drowsy Drivers’ project, in 2004 Casey wrote a musical-theatre biography of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, KEATING! The show won the 2007 Helpmann award for Best Musical.
In late 2008, Casey premiered a new project as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival: A Largely Fanciful History Of The Spiegeltent, in which he also starred.
During the last few years, Casey has also served as dramaturge on Eddie Perfect’s Shane Warne: The Musical as well as making contributions to Company B’s The Adventures Of Snugglepot And Cuddlepie and Die Roten Punkte’s Super Musikant (and upcoming Kunst Rock).
Recently, he has contributed writing to a forthcoming major film release, appeared as the narrator in the workshop version of Tripod Vs The Dragon, and written and performed a piece to close the Festival Of Dangerous Ideas gala at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
He has also made a number of appearances on ABCTV’s Spicks And Specks and its Sunday Arts coverage.