Ron Hurley Theatre
Presented at Vena Cava Productions' Freshblood Festival 2022
Time & Location
Ron Hurley Theatre , 28 Tallowwood Street, Norman Park, Brisbane
About the Event
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HOMILY is a semi-autobiographical work by emerging theatre-maker, Ellie Waddingham and seeks to divulge their experience growing up as a queer person in a Catholic school. Their drag persona, Lady Diana is the vehicle for this story and enables Ellie to be as camp and outrageous as they please while protecting them, as a deeply introspective and emotionally private artist.
HOMILY is a GOD HATES FAGS sign on fire. It’s a bible covered in red glitter. It’s sneaking one too many sips of the communion wine and exploring a dark fantasy of a life that could have been. Enter Lady Diana as THE PREACHER, a repressed, confused creature of the dark who goes on an emotionally intimate journey through self-discovery.
It is written in the same traditional form of a Catholic homily and is a loose adaptation of Everyman, a 15th-century Christian morality play by an unknown author following Everyman’s attempt to repent for a hedonistic life after being told he is going to die. The themes of repentance in Everyman deeply mirror HOMILY’s attempt to reconcile with identity and the past.
It is a work that seeks to create space to relate and celebrate. It is deeply joyful and deeply painful.
And absolutely, unapologetically queer.
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