One of Australia’s most popular screen and theatre actors, Pamela Rabe, returns to Malthouse Theatre to give voice to one of the world’s great silenced icons in Colm Tóibín’s The Testament Of Mary, a provocative depiction of one of the most beloved figures in history.

The Virgin Mary – icon, heroine, symbol – returns to what she always was, a mother, traumatised by the senseless loss of her son. Years after the crucifixion, young men are hounding the mother of Jesus. The disciples want her to endorse the story they are constructing about her son – stories of a man who performed miracles and rose from the dead. They say her son is the son of God. She says it is all a lie.

Rejected by the authors of the Gospel, Mary strives to tell the story that no one wants to write. She is a mother who could not save her son from fanaticism, from the men who manipulated him or the society that built him, who could not save him from his death upon the cross.

Award winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín presents a vision of Mary who is unrecognisable from the meek, obedient woman of scripture, painting and sculpture. Tóbín’s Mary is angry, sharp-witted and daring to speak a dangerous truth.

November 9 – 26

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