The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven
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  • Small Booth (2 - 3 Patrons) | Preview: $77.50 ($75.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Large Booth (4 - 6 Patrons) | Preview: $152.50 ($150.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Small Booth (2 - 3 Patrons) | Full Price: $137.50 ($135.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Small Booth (2 - 3 Patrons) | Concession / Unwaged: $92.50 ($90.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Large Booth (4 - 6 Patrons) | Full Price: $272.50 ($270.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Large Booth (4 - 6 Patrons) | Concession / Unwaged: $182.50 ($180.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Midsumma Festival



Tue 4 May 2021, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Wed 5 May 2021, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Thu 6 May 2021, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Fri 7 May 2021, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Sat 8 May 2021, 7:30pm–8:20pm

Join Queen Jesus for a revolutionary queer ritual in which bread is shared, wine is drunk, and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus.

This unique show combines theatre with storytelling and ritual to produce a rare and beautiful reflection on the life of Jesus, a transgender one, and a provocative meditation on a more truthful and generous interpretation of her words. It imagines Christianity’s message of love extending to embrace all those traditionally excluded because of their sexuality or gender.

Lyn Gardner called it “moving and infinitely graceful” in the Guardian; the Archbishop of Glasgow called it “an affront to the Christian faith”; and the play has been attracting praise (from those who have seen it) and condemnation (generally from those who have not) ever since it opened in 2009.

At the epicentre of an anti-censorship and human rights movement in Brazil, Jo Clifford’s legendary play is still touring South America two years after its triumphant arrival. In 2021, Queen Jesus will make her Australasian debut as part of Midsumma Festival with Kristen Smyth in the iconic role.

“I write (and I perform) THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN because I want to resist. Resist the profound and damaging shame and fear and guilt that has been with me almost all my life. The shame and the fear and the guilt that comes on almost all of us trans women and men born into this hostile world." - Jo Clifford

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