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The Cardinal Rules

31 Oct - 2 Nov

By Rose Maher, with Hurrah Hurrah

Rose Maher (she/her) is an actor, clown, theatre-maker and puppeteer. In 2023, Rose joined Hurrah Hurrah as Associate Artist. Rose’s other professional credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream (2023), Coil (national tour 2023), Arc (2022), Erth’s Prehistoric Picnic (2021), Let Me Know When You Get Home (2021), Quiet Faith (national tour 2018), Grace Under Pressure (2017). Rose grew up in Ngunnawal (Canberra) and graduated with honours in Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, Dharawal.  She continued her training with Shakespeare & Company (Massachusetts) and at École Philipe Gaulier (France). Rose works as a therapeutic clown with The Humour Foundation and is a proud member of the MEAA.    

Hurrah Hurrah creates works exploring contradictory wonders in the world that exist in unexpected places. Founded by Alison Bennett in 2013, Hurrah Hurrah has created the new works TRADE, Roomba Nation and Introducing Aunty Jude as well as the text-based works Frenzy for Two by Eugene Ionesco and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Having welcomed Rose and General Manager, Alex Travers in 2023, The Cardinal Rules is the first show for the newly configured company. It marks the start of a fresh and exciting era for Hurrah Hurrah.  

“The Cardinal Rules is an ambitious innovation of theatrical form and content. It tackles the corrupt culture of the Catholic Church and the long tentacles of this formidable institution. It explores the destructive value system which has infiltrated our personal and political lives for millennia. The Cardinal Rules is a genre-bending new work, suspended between deeply personal storytelling and a (frankly ridiculous) grotesque political romp.” 


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.

1. Reserve your spot for free.

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2. See the show. 

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3. Pay what you feel. 

After the show, we’ll send you an email asking how much you want to contribute. You choose the amount based on your experience and your circumstances. There is no minimum or maximum amount.

IMPORTANT: Late cancellations within 4 hours of the event or non-attendance will incur a standard $20 ‘no-show’ fee per seat reserved. A non-refundable authorisation charge of 1 cent will be charged if this item is added into your shopping cart. If you do not attend the event, your card will be charged the no-show fee.


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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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