The Rise and Fall of Saint George

Thu 23rd January, 2020 – Fri 24th January, 2020
Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Road, Southbank VIC 3004
Price: $47
A cadre of artists join forces to celebrate a queer icon: George Michael.

In 2016, a mural depicting George Michael – who had tragically passed away only a few months earlier – as a saint appeared on a wall in Sydney’s inner west. Over the next 11 months it became something of a shrine to the queer community and a popular local landmark, seen by thousands of rail commuters every day.

Beginning just hours after Australia voted yes to marriage equality, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.

As part of Midsumma Festival, two of Australia's leading queer artists – electro-pop star Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott – have joined forces to tell the story of Saint George’s impact on the LGBTQIA+ community through song, text and banging electronica.

Produced by Performing Lines and directed by Kate Champion, it features collaborators including Ngaiire, Joyride, Brendan Maclean, HANDSOME, Marcus Whale, Andrew Bukenya, Jacqui Dark and a giant community choir.

The Rise and Fall of Saint George is a celebration of queer achievement and an urgent call to arms.

Thursday 23 January and Friday 24 January, from 8pm.

More details on the performance here. See the full Midsumma Festival program at Arts Centre Melbourne here.

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