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Thursday 23 Jan
8:00 PM
Friday 24 Jan
8:00 PM*
*Q&A with creatives post-show. Auslan Interpreted and Audio Described performance - see Notes for more information.

Running Time 60 minutes (no interval)

Price range

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You gotta have faith…

George was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An icon. He was our saint.

Two of Australia's leading queer artists, electro-pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, have teamed up with director Kate Champion to tell the story of Saint George through the eyes of our community. A choice selection of collaborators, including Ngaiire, Joyride, Brendan Maclean, HANDSOME, Marcus Whale, Andrew Bukenya and Jacqui Dark, join him alongside a giant community choir. Merging song, text and banging electronica in a show of community, solidarity and freedom.

To celebrate the life of a much-loved star, a beautiful mural appeared across a wall in Sydney's Inner West. It became a local shrine, bringing a smile to the faces of thousands of commuters who passed every day on the train. It stood for eleven months with no hint of complaint or controversy. The dark forces unleashed and forced upon our community by the Marriage Equality campaign changed that.

One day after we heard YES, a day to celebrate and heal after the divisive campaign, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.

The Rise and Fall of Saint George is a celebration of queer achievement, a thank you to allies and an urgent call to arms to never let our hard-won rights go.


Paul Mac & Lachlan Philpott
Lyrics by
Lachlan Philpott
Music & Sound by
Paul Mac
Kate Champion
Sound Design / AV Engineer
Andy Lysle
AV Designer
Tony Melov
Lighting Designer
Verity Hampton
Choir conducted by
Emily Irvine
Choir prepared by
Alex Morris
Community Choir
shOUT Youth Chorus with members of Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, Just Holler and Newlands choirs, together with Arts Centre Melbourne staff choristers
Ngaiire, Joyride, Brendan Maclean, HANDSOME, Marcus Whale, Andrew Bukenya, Jacqui Dark
Produced by
Performing Lines
Produced by Performing Lines.

The Rise and Fall of Saint George is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the New South Wales Government through Create NSW and was originally supported by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation.

  • Midsumma Festival
  • Performing Lines logo
  • The Australian Council for the Arts
  • Create NSW

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