The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven
By Jo Clifford
Directed by Kitan Petkovski
Theatre Works & Midsumma Festival, Melbourne
30 April - 8 May
Performer: Kristen Smyth
Producer: Ben Anderson
Composer: Rachel Lewindon
Set and Costume Designer: Bethany J Fellows
Lighting Designer: Katie Sfetkidis
Photography: Sarah Walker
A special thanks to Queen Jesus Productions (Jo Clifford, Annabel Cooper and Susan Worsfold) for granting us permission to share this work with Australia.
Supported by Australia Council for the Arts.
“One of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history.” THE SCOTSMAN
A revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus.
This unique show combines theatre with storytelling and ritual to produce a rare and beautiful reflection on the life of Jesus, a transgender one, and a provocative meditation on a more truthful and generous interpretation of her words. It imagines Christianity’s message of love extending to embrace all those traditionally excluded because of their sexuality or gender.
Jo Clifford’s legendary play makes its Australasian debut with Kristen Smyth in the iconic role.
“Reaffirms everyone’s right to live free of discrimination and prejudice… A humane, mischievous and loving solo show.” THE GUARDIAN
“An affront to the Christian faith.”
THE ARCHBISHOP OF GLASGOW
“Profound and moving, witty and filthy, a wake-up call to tolerance, love and acceptance with an intoxicating secular potency.” THE LIST
"Powerful, provocative and affirming.” THE WEE REVIEW
“This is a show that demands to be seen.”