A Salvador Dinosaur & Critical Stages Production

The Orchid and the Crow

By Daniel Tobias

A life-affirming musical comedy about family, faith and survival.

10 Oct – 13 Oct

Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. At the age of 29, he found out he had stage-four testicular cancer, and went searching for God. Any God. Enter Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France champion and legendary cancer survivor.

Combining storytelling, theatre, music and comedy to reflect on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experiences, The Orchid and the Crow explores faith, sex and identity in a wonderfully witty, generous, and ultimately life-affirming way.

Award-winning creator and performer Daniel Tobias has condensed his life into a smart and scintillating show. Featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Die Roten Punkte and Keating! The Musical, The Orchid and the Crow is an original, accessible and brilliantly clever story that will strike a powerful chord.

Recommended for ages 15+ Contains adult themes and strong language.


"Whip-smart, hilarious and deeply moving" - The Age

"Turns divine vengeance into comedy gold" - The Age

“Honest, funny, inquisitive, moving theatre-making that strikes many powerful chords" - NOW magazine, Toronto (Canada)

“Tobias is an intelligent, dynamic and honest performer who is highly entertaining to watch. This show will renew your faith in love, life, and possibly even Lance Armstrong”  - CBC (Canada)

“An absolute must-see comedy simply by virtue of tackling religion and cancer without relying on cheap jokes or tastelessness…a fantastic, dramatic, hilarious show” – The Music

"Daniel Tobias has condensed his entire life into a smart and scintillating 75-minute variety show – The Orchid and the Crow is wise, generous, and blackly funny... If we gave stars – this would have a fistful" - The Australian

Free Talking Point
The Orchid and the Crow - Merrigong Talking Point
Saturday 13 October, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Photo by Andrew Wuttke

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Venue Information

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Bruce Gordon Theatre


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Cast & Creative Team

Christian Leavesley

Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John Thorn
Casey Bennetto and Jherek Bischoff

Lighting Designer
Lisa Mibus

Script Consultant
David Quirk

Daniel Tobias


Premium: $59
Adult: $49
Pens/Group 8+: $44
Under 30s: $29
Family of 4: $116 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 10 Oct, 7.30pm
Thu 11 Oct, 6.30pm
Fri 12 Oct, 7.30pm
Sat 13 Oct, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A:
Thu 11 Oct, 6.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 10 mins (no interval)

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