Performance dates & times

Wednesday 6 Feb
7:30 PM
Thursday 7 Feb
7:30 PM
Friday 8 Feb
7:30 PM
Saturday 9 Feb
2:00 PM*, 7:30 PM
Sunday 10 Feb
5:00 PM

*Auslan interpreted performance and post-show conversation with author Christos Tsiolkas and director Stephen Nicolazzo.

Running Time 100 mins (plus 20 minute interval)

Price range

Recommended for ages 18+
Under 30s (Limited Availability)

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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.


Stephen Nicolazzo
Set and Costume Design
Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design
Katie Sfetkidis
Composition and Sound Design
Daniel Nixon
Jennifer Vuletic, Sapidah Kian, Paul Blenheim, Brigid Gallacher, Charles Purcell, Stefan Bramble
Jo Porter
Developed with Darein Arts Speakeasy and Griffin Theatre Company

  • Little Ones Theatre

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