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Merciless Gods [Melbourne]

Merciless Gods [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Saturday February 9, 2019 - 2:00 PM


Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria


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Benji Hoopmann & Linda D'Ornay

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About the Show


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Where do the Gods live? Down here, in the sewers, with us…

Dan Giovannoni’s Green Room Award winning adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia.

Ancient gods were cruel and capricious. In this collection of theatrical vignettes based on the writings of acclaimed author and observer Christos Tsiolkas, humans are their prey. Or the fallen themselves.

Vicious and tender, here is Australia today. From migrant camps to gay saunas, pill-popping hipster dinner parties to porn sets, prison cells to the streets of the Cross; Merciless Gods captures haunting slices of our psyche and unveils the hidden faces of ancient deities on mortal ground. Intercutting between families, friends and accidental encounters, this is humanity laid-bare – virtuous and vengeful, domestic and divine.

Tsiolkas has entrusted this first ever stage adaptation of Merciless Gods to queer indie wunderkinds Little Ones Theatre, and award-winning playwright Dan Giovannoni. Critically acclaimed in Melbourne and Sydney and winner of two Green Room Awards (including best new writing and Best Performer – Jennifer Vuletic) Merciless Gods is urgent, dirty, glorious queer theatre.

Contemporary and godly, this new Australian work directed by Stephen Nicolazzo is a must-see theatrical event.

Featured in The Age’s Top 10 Theatre Shows of 2017.

Saturday 9 February, following the 2pm matinee

Join us for a post-show conversation with author Christos Tsiolkas, director Stephen Nicolazzo and the Rainbow Reviewers. A collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne and All The Queens Men, Rainbow Reviews is a creative program for LGBTI elders where they discuss and review Arts Centre Melbourne performances. Their stories, ideas and understanding of the culture and performance has been captured in a podcast series, called Rainbow Reviews. Hear their take on Merciless Gods in conversation with the author and director.
Duration 30 minutes, Auslan interpreted.