The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

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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.

All performances are presented in TW Glasshouse - invite the people you would trust in your house to ours and book your own private perspex booth! Bookings for a small TW Glasshouse booth are inclusive of up to 3 guests total. Bookings for a large booth are inclusive of up to 6 guests total. Both options are an all-inclusive price.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
"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
"One of the most remarkable journeys in recent theatre history"
— The Scotsman

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Dates & Times

WHEN 30 Apr-2 May, 4-8 May | Tue-Sat 7:30pm | Sun 5pm


SMALL: FULL $135.00 - Small booth (2-3 patrons) FULL
LARGE: FULL $270.00 - Large booth (4-6 patrons) FULL
SMALL: CONC $90.00 - Small booth (2-3 patrons) CONC
LARGE: CONC $180.00 - Large booth (4-6 patrons) CONC


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14 Acland Street, St Kilda

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3a, 16, 96 to stop 136 | tram 12 to stop 143

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Australian Premiere



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