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The Faithful Servant


Sat 10 Sep 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sun 11 Sep 2016, 6:00pm–7:30pm
Wed 14 Sep 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sun 18 Sep 2016, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra, ACT

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $45.00
  • Concession: $40.00
  • Group 4+: $38.00
  • Student: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: The Street Theatre

The Faithful Servant asks: What does it mean to be good? In revealing the multiple facets of that question, the play takes us from Australia to Mozambique, from the present to the 1960s, and into the world of aid NGOs and their relationships with ‘the poor’.

Ray has given his all to the medical NGO he founded to help poor communities in Africa. His adopted daughter from Mozambique, Caroline, refuses to follow him – her life is with her family in Australia and her GP practice. Pereira has been Ray’s right-hand man in Mozambique for decades, but now wants to transform the NGO into a faith-based organisation.

As the play winds its way back from Ray’s death in Australia to his first encounter with Africa, the conflict between the differing interpretations of goodness takes on a visceral intensity. Being good, it becomes clear, is neither straightforward nor easy. And it poses moral dilemmas that strike at the core of our understandings of community and family.

Brought to the stage by The Street’s Artistic Director, Caroline Stacey, The Faithful Servant is a total theatre experience for audiences. Actors play multiple characters, traverse time and place and use all the elements that theatre brings to story-telling. It is a play of ideas, emotion and theatricality that will strike a chord with many Canberrans.

"The poetic script by Tom Davis is beautifully written... this [is a] powerful and strangely uplifting production. " - The Barefoot Review