Audiences in ancient Greece were well accustomed to the whimsical yet often pitiless interventions from the pantheon of Gods perched on heavenly Mount Olympus into the lives of the 'mere mortals’ below on Earth.

In the long-standing tradition of Greek theatre Dan Giovannoni’s adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods comes to the Arts Centre stage as part of Midsumma Festival.

From the lavish red-curtain backdropped set, a talented cast – Jennifer Vuletic, Sapidah Kian, Paul Blenheim, Brigid Gallacher, Charles Purcell, and Stefan Bramble from Little Ones Theatre bring us eight vignettes reflecting the immigrant gay experiences that are orchestrated by these irreverent Merciless Gods.

The characters not only face their own challenges as migrants brought about by cultural diaspora but also the agonies of being queer caused when confronted by the reactions of family and friends to their sexual preferences. Their plight is truly a dual-edged sword.

Merciless Gods is a savage expose of divine interference and its effects on the earthly encounters of those who are 'different' on so many levels.

As an added treat on Saturday 9 February, following the 2pm matinee, audiences can join best-selling Author Christos Tsiolkas, Director Stephen Nicolazzo and the Rainbow Reviewers to hear their reactions to Merciless Gods.


Dates: 6 - 10 February Times: Nightly at 7.30 pm. Matinee shows at Saturday 9 Feb at 2:00 PM and Sunday 10 February at 5:00 PM

Duration: 100 Minutes (plus 20 minute interval)

Cost: Adult $47 / Concession $38

Location: Fairfax Studio (Arts Centre, St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

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