Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    3 – 26 Nov

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 15 mins (no interval)

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 16+

  • WARNING /

    Religious references, strong language and adult content.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • LOCKOUT /

    Please note that latecomers and toiletgoers may be admitted into the theatre to a different seat and only at appropriate times in the performance.

Season 2017

The Testament of Mary

3 – 26 NOVEMBER 2017

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    3 – 26 Nov

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 15 mins (no interval)

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 16+

  • WARNING /

    Religious references, strong language and adult content.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • LOCKOUT /

    Please note that latecomers and toiletgoers may be admitted into the theatre to a different seat and only at appropriate times in the performance.

I TELL THE TRUTH, NOT BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE NIGHT INTO DAY. THE TRUTH MUST BE SPOKEN ONCE IN THE WORLD. I SPEAK SIMPLY BECAUSE I MUST.

Years after the crucifixion, young men are hounding the mother of Jesus. The disciples want her to endorse the story they are constructing about her son—stories of a man who performed miracles and rose from the dead.

They say her son is the son of God.

She says it is all a lie.

Rejected by the authors of the Gospel, Mary tells the story that no one wants to write. This Mary is unrecognisable from the meek, obedient woman of scripture, painting and sculpture. She is angry, sharp-witted and dares to speak a dangerous truth. She is a mother who could not save her son from fanaticism and manipulation, who could not save him from his death upon the cross.

Pamela Rabe returns to Malthouse Theatre to give a voice to one of the world’s greatest and most silenced icons in a soaring production that unpicks the stories at the foundation of Western religion. Mary invites the audience to join in her defiance, to examine how myths are made, and to question who has the power to tell them.

★★★★ Pamela Rabe shines in chiselled, authoritative performance

— THE AGE

★★★★½ One of Australia’s greatest actors delivers one of the most tremendous performances of her career.

— ARTSHUB
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BY / Colm Tóibín
DIRECTION / Anne-Louise Sarks
CAST / Pamela Rabe

COSTUME & CO-SET DESIGN / Marg Horwell
LIGHTING & CO-SET DESIGN / Paul Jackson
COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / Steve Toulmin

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $69
Senior / $64
Concession / $49 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $59
Senior / $54
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 3 November
7.30pm, Saturday 4 November
6.30pm, Monday 6 November
7.30pm, Wednesday 8 November

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Thursday 9 November

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 14 November

MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
5pm, Saturday 18 November

AUSLAN INTERPRETED*   
5pm, Sunday 26 November

*We recommend that patrons requiring AUSLAN interpretation book into the designated AUSLAN seats 1 to 4 in rows B, C or D for this performance.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.