Nature of Event: World Première Season of Runaway Priest
After two postponements last year Runaway Priest will open at the 5th Brunswick Scout Hall on Wednesday April 14 2021. The play features Chris Martin-McCombe as the runaway priest Kev, Cora Browne, as Maryanne, the devoted churchgoer whose 14-year-old son has gone missing, and Felix Meagher as the authoritarian and predatory Monsignor Jonah. Runaway Priest also features the gifted Matt Hadgraft on keyboard. The story is set in an imaginary place, Valley Lane, which is situated just down from the Valley cathedral, and known to the locals as the Street of Sighs. The play examines the issues of abuse within the church, homelessness, and asks the question, can we really turn our faces away?
The takings of the show night on Thursday April 15 will be donated to Ballarat Men’s Mental Health, and lawyer Judy Courtin and author Christine Foster will speak about some of their direct and indirect experiences of abuse by the church. Judy represents a number of victims of sexual abuse, and Christine’s book Hell On The Way To Heaven is an account of the abuse suffered by two of her daughters.
When: APRIL 14-17
Where: 5th Brunswick Scout Hall, 213A Weston St Brunswick East
Cost: $35-30 (conc.)