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    Theatre

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    3 – 26 Nov

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2017

The Testament of Mary

3 – 26 NOVEMBER 2017

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    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    3 – 26 Nov

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

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.

COLM TÓIBÍN’S MOTHERS DON’T ALWAYS BEHAVE AS THEY SHOULD; THEY ARE OFTEN UNPREDICTABLE, OCCASIONALLY DOWNRIGHT TROUBLESOME, PRONE TO GUSTS OF PASSION OR RAGE OR—WORSE— UNNATURAL INDIFFERENCE.

– THE GUARDIAN (UK)

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

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

Season Pass Ticket Prices

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $50
Senior / $45
Concession / $40 
Under 30s & Students / $30

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
3pm, Saturday 18 November
7.30pm, Saturday 18 November

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.