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.

"PAMELA RABE SHINES IN CHISELLED, AUTHORITATIVE PERFORMANCE"
— The Age
½
"ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST ACTORS DELIVERS ONE OF THE MOST TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCES OF HER CAREER"
— ArtsHub
½
"THIS IS THEATRE OF SKILLED, BREATHTAKING PURITY"
— The Music

Key Image: Zan Wimberley 
Images: Pia Johnson

BY / 

Colm Tóibín

DIRECTION / 

Anne-Louise Sarks

CAST / 

Pamela Rabe

COSTUME & CO-SET DESIGN / 

Marg Horwell

LIGHTING & CO-SET DESIGN / 

Paul Jackson

COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / 

Steve Toulmin

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 3 Nov, 7.30pm Sat 4 Nov, 6.30pm Mon 6 Nov, 7.30pm Wed 8 Nov
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Thu 9 Nov
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 14 Nov
MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE 5pm, Sat 18 Nov
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 5pm, Sun 26 Nov

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION / 

1 hour, 15 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS / 

Religious references, strong language and adult content.