The Rise and Fall of Saint George

You gotta have faith...

George was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An icon. He was our saint.
To celebrate the life of our much-loved star, a beautiful mural appeared across a wall in Sydney’s Inner West. It became a local shrine, bringing a smile to the faces of thousands of commuters who passed every day on the train. It stood for eleven months with no hint of complaint or controversy. The dark forces unleashed and forced upon our community by the Marriage Equality campaign changed that.
One day after we heard YES, a day to celebrate and heal after the divisive campaign, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.

Two of Australia’s leading queer artists, pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, have teamed up with director Kate Champion to tell the story of Saint George through the eyes of our community.
A choice selection of collaborators, including Ngaiire, Joyride, Brendan Maclean, HANDSOME, Marcus Whale, Andrew Bukenya and Jacqui Dark, join Paul on stage alongside a giant community choir. Merging song, text and banging electronica in a show of community, solidarity and freedom.

The Rise and Fall of Saint George is a celebration of queer achievement, a thank you to the allies who supported us, and an urgent call to arms to never let these hard-won rights go in these dark times.

Produced by Performing Lines. The Rise and Fall of Saint George is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the New South Wales Government through Create NSW and was originally supported by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation.


by Scott Marsh

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Auslan Interpreted
Audio Described

Dates & Times

When 23-24 Jan | Thu-Fri 8pm
Auslan Fri 24 Jan 8pm
Audio desc Fri 24 Jan 8pm
Duration 1hr
Q&A Fri 24 Jan: Q&A with creatives post-show
Warning: This event contains strobe lighting


Full $47.00
Concession $35.00
Early Bird 15% off if purchased prior to 10 Dec


Arts Centre Melbourne - Hamer Hall

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

Event notes


New Work, Melbourne Premiere


this event contains strobe lighting

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