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2008 Mardis Gras Program

Mardi Gras Festival 2008 - Corpus Christi, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Lemon Delicious, Rainbow Collection | Other 2008 Productions

Mardi Gras Festival

Corpus Christi

by Terrence McNally
Directed by Leigh Rowney

Gay Jesus play blasted by bishop - Sun Herald 20.01.08

GAY JESUS SPARKS DEBATE - Sydney Star Observer

Director defends gay Jesus play - SX News

"An extremely talented cast ... well worth seeing"

"7/10" Jason Blake, Sun-Herald

What if Jesus Christ hailed from Corpus Christi, Texas ... and what if he was gay?

Arguably one of the most controversial plays of the last ten years, Corpus Christi has outraged Christian groups with its modern take on the story of Jesus' birth, ministry and death and his relationship with Judas and the other disciples.

last supper scene from new theatre 2008 Mardis Gras Production of Corpus Christi  - Photo Bob Seary

It caused an uproar when first produced in the US nine years ago and the Religious Right picketed the Melbourne production.

Yet the moralists miss the point: this is not a play that mocks Jesus; it is a play that speaks out against inhumanity by providing a witty, contemporary interpretation of Jesus' life as a metaphor for the Christian ideal of acceptance and love in the face of intolerance, bigotry and irrational hate.

It's time Sydney has the chance to see this daring, at times irreverent, and lyrically very beautiful play and New Theatre is proud to be producing it as part of the 2008 Mardi Gras Festival.

Director Leigh Rowney explains why he was drawn to Corpus Christi

scene from new theatre 2008 Mardis Gras Production of Corpus Christi - Photo Bob SearySet Design: Dan Alleck
Lighting Design: Andrew Weston
Costume Co-ordinator: Adriana Picker
Stage Manager: Richard Russell
Featuring: Jasmin Certoma, Harley Connor, Jonny Hendricks, Amelia Kerr,Lara Lightfoot, David McLaughlin, Hugh Monroe, Joshua North, Elisha Oliver, Amanda Porter, Matt Rossner, Garth Saville, Ben Simpson

7 - 29 February 2008
$27 full / $22 concession
BOOKINGS: 1300 306 776 /


Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

by Christopher Durang
Directed by Annie Bilton (former Literary Manager, Griffin Theatre Company)

This ferociously funny attack on religious fanaticism may have some people squirming in their seats as Sister Mary preaches her own brand of fire and brimstone. As a part of our Censored season this will be followed by a forum on homosexuality and religion, hosted by Stephen Dunne.

Sunday 17 February 2007 @ 1pm
Tickets: $15
Bookings: 9519 3403


Lemon Delicious
Devised by Louise Fischer and cast

Back by popular demand, the tart and tasty gals are teaming up again for Mardi Gras to bring you a night of riotous song and dance. Lip, sip and suck your way through a lemonicious cabaret experience. Lemon Delicious is a twisted, sexy and sassy show and the girls know how to turn up the heat and quicken the pulse.

Saturday 23 February 2007 @ 5pm
Sunday 24 February 2007 @ 9pm
Tickets: $20
Bookings: 1300 306 776 /

Hugh Monroe in Rainbow Collection

Hugh Monroe Productions presents

Rainbow Collection

Strictly limited season - only five performances in February!

A new theatrical show from one of Sydney's favourite cabaret performers.

Rainbow Collection is an intimate behind-the-scenes peek into the gay and colourful life of cabaret drag artist Hugh Monroe. With fabulous costumes, cheeky stories and very popular songs, this is a new theatrical cabaret production, developed especially for the new theatre stage.

Relive the good old days of the much-loved and much-missed Albury Hotel, laugh a lot, cry a little, and discover more about your Television Sydney comedy host.

Join Hugh as he wends his way down his personal memory lane, sharing stories and memories of his life as a performer, paying tribute along the way to all the great divas who have inspired his career.

"Rainbow Collection is a very different show from what people might expect if they know my work," says Hugh. "This isn't a flamboyant club performance; it's much more honest and personal and connected to who I am. It's really about my love affair with performing."

Saturdays 9, 16, 23 February @ 10.15pm, Sundays 10, 17 February @ 7.15pm
Tickets: $17.50 full / $12.50 concession
Bookings: 1300 306 776 / or cash at the door 15 minutes before showtime.

Special ticket offer: Hugh is also appearing in the new theatre production of Corpus Christi - playing John the Baptist! All patrons of Corpus Christi will receive a $5 discount on Rainbow Collection full price tickets if they book both shows at the same time.