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The Cardinal Rules

31 Oct - 2 Nov

By Rose Maher, with Hurrah Hurrah

A eulogy to the parochial parishioner; a nostalgic work of storytelling and reckoning with an upbringing in the Australian Catholic Church circa 1990. Be transported into a suburban Canberra parish through the eyes of our dedicated eleven-year-old parishioner. She questions, queries, and quite innocently mocks the church’s theatrical rituals with her child’s play.

Rose Maher leads an ambitious team, interrogating the broader question of the individual’s complicity in the proliferation of the power structures that dominate our lives.


Photography Luke Simmonds

Pay What You Feel

We want to make it easier to experience new works. So for this event there is no set ticket price. Instead, you simply reserve a spot, show up, then pay what you feel the performance is worth afterwards.

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The Cardinal Rules was supported through a residency at Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney. The development of this work was supported through Shopfront’s Open Shop program & Erth Visual and Physical Inc. 

This project was supported by Shopfront Arts Co-Op & Erth Visual & Physical Inc.

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