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

Paul Mac

Lachlan Philpott

Kate Champion

Lighting Design
Peter Rubie

Sound Design/AV Engineer
Andy Lysle
Technical Event Services

AV Designer
Tony Melov

Choir Master
Emily Irvine

Performed by
Inner West Voices

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

This work is currently in development. We are seeking festival partners for presentation in 2019 and beyond.

Marion Potts Executive Producer

Presentation History

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre
Chippendale, NSW

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.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.

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