The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin


The mother of all controversies

For two thousand years Mary has been silent. A woman seen but not heard. Until now.

This Mary is no saint, not meek, nor obedient. She is clear-eyed and sharp-witted. In a voice that is both tender and furious, she speaks a defiant truth.

Years after his death, men are compelling Jesus’ mother to agree with their version of the truth. They call him the Messiah, a miracle worker, the man who conquered death. They come into her home. They are relentless.

But though she lives in fear, she is steadfast. She says it is all lies. He was her only son, surrounded by dangerous men. His blood should not have spilled. Refusing to capitulate, she will write her own Gospel on her own terms.

Piecing together memories of Jesus’ last days, Mary brings a mother’s powerful perspective to a very complex and human story of turmoil and sacrifice. At the core of this profound performance beats the heart of a woman grieving an unbearable loss. The question is, was it worth it?

This fiery imagining is penned by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, one of the world’s greatest living novelists. Tóibín has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize on three occasions. Most recently, in 2013, for The Testament of Mary, now adapted for the stage.

In the role is the Helpmann Award-winning Alison Whyte (Love and Information, Travelling North), an actor renowned for her visceral connection to language, her intelligence and her deep reserves of empathy.

Shaping the space around her are STC Resident Director Imara Savage (Hay Fever), Resident Designer Elizabeth Gadsby (The Hanging) and composer Max Lyandvert (The Golden Age).

In their hands, the silent, long-suffering mother of Christ is aflame with ferocious eloquence and a proud heart full of rage.

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Sydney Theatre Company @ Dawes Point


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