The Rise and Fall of Saint George

Paul Mac & Lachlan Philpott

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 the 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 to tell the story of Saint George through the eyes of our community. This is a special opportunity to see this work as it is being made. Join Paul Mac and a choice selection of collaborators from across his career and a community choir for a sneak peek of this big new work.

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 freedoms go in these dark times.

After the show, join the Q&A for a discussion about creating work inspired by real events, and how Paul’s music will continue to be informed by the experience.


Paul Mac & Lachlan Philpott

Kate Champion

Paul Mac

Lachlan Philpott

Lighting Design
Verity Hampson

Sound Engineer
Zac Ruokari

AV Designer
Tony Melov

Choir Conductor
Emily Irvine (Inner West Voices)

Choir Preparation
Alex Morris

Performed by
Andrew Bukenya
Jacqui Dark
Brendan Maclean
Marcus Whale

Performed in Melbourne by
shOUT Youth Chorus with members of Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus, Just Holler and Newlands Choir

Produced by Performing Lines

A very big thanks to Andy Lysle (Technical Event Services) and Peter Rubie for their contribution to the development of this work.

Information for Presenters

This work is currently in development. We are seeking festival partners for presentation in 2020 and beyond.

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Presentation History

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre
Chippendale, NSW
Hamer Hall for Midsumma Festival 2020
Melbourne, VIC
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Full Presentation History for The Rise and Fall of Saint George

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre
Chippendale, NSW
Hamer Hall for Midsumma Festival 2020
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

This project is produced by Performing Lines and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.