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BNE September/October 2016 |


LABOITE.COM.AU BOOK NOW SNOW WHI TE 3 – 24 SEP 2016 LA BOITE, OPERA QUEENSLAND & BRISBANE FESTIVAL PRESENT CREATED & DEVISED BY LINDY HUME, SUZIE MILLER & ZULYA KAMALOVA LA BOITE THEATRE COMPANY LaBoiteTheatreCompany&OperaQ are supportedby theQueenslandGovernment throughArtsQueensland LaBoiteTheatreCompany&OperaQ are assistedby theAustralian Government through theAustraliaCouncil, its funding and advisorybody BrisbaneFestival is an initiative of the QueenslandGovernment andBrisbaneCityCouncil PrincipalPartner

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Father Peter Kennedy made headlines in 2009 when he was sacked

from his position at St Marys Catholic Church in South Brisbane

by the Archbishop of Brisbane. Accused of unorthodox practices,

which included his support of women preachers and blessing same

sex couples, Father Kennedy did not leave without a fight and

hundreds of loyal parishioners left the church with him.

It’s a controversial story that inspired local playwright David

Barton to pick up where the newspapers left off – what happened

when the priest handed over the keys and led his flock down the

road to the Trades and Labor Council building where they still

worship every weekend. At the time they were called St Mary’s

in Exile and the name has stuck. It’s also the title of Barton’s new

play for Queensland Theatre Company. He spent about six months

researching the events and speaking with Kennedy and other

Catholic priests, parishioners and the current Archbishop (who was

not in the role at the time of the scandal).

“The human drama underlying the politics was my interest. I’m

not replicating the events, I’ve taken artistic license and leaps of

imagination and the play wrestles with some big questions about

how religious institutions should operate in the 21st century,”

Barton says. Until 25 September at Bille Brown Studio, South

Brisbane. See



A kilometre of the Gold Coast’s Currumbin

Beach will become a surfside art gallery from

9-18 September when 50 dynamic sculptures will

be displayed as part of the Swell Sculpture open

air exhibition. Local, national and international

artists have contributed their works which range

from the mini to the monumental, and are in

competition to win awards valued at more than

$32,000. A program of free live entertainment,

kids’ activities, artist talks, masterclasses and

more will accompany the exhibition. See the

installations from Pacific Parade. For details see

Andy Scott’s


displayed at a previous

Swell festival, photography by Paul Ewart