BLESSED
UNION

  • 11 Feb – 10 Mar 23 Upstairs Theatre
  • 2 hours & 10 minutes (incl. 20 min interval)
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BLESSED
UNION

Sydney WorldPride 2023

Written by Maeve Marsden
Directed by Hannah Goodwin

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 11 Feb – 10 Mar 23
  • Duration 2 hours & 10 minutes (incl. 20 min interval)
  • Content warning

    Blessed Union uses strong language, herbal cigarettes, haze and includes references to anxiety, depression and sexual acts.

    Should you wish to speak to speak to a member of staff regarding running times, content warnings or any other show related queries, our box office can be contacted on 02 9699 3444.

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The lesbian break up comedy you didn’t know you needed.

Ruth and Judith have been a couple for decades. They have two kids and have fought hard for recognition, for rights, just to be themselves. They’ve lived at the forefront as Australia changed, while their home remained a haven.

Now, their marriage is over. They’ve always told themselves, and others, that theirs was a different union. That they could do this reasonably, politically, calmly. Without hurt.

“Look, we aren’t going to just fall apart like, like, like – a straight couple”, says Ruth.

But are we bigger than our institutions? What will their children say? And what of the human heart?

A funny and moving tale of idealism, love, and the messy business of being alive, from the wicked mind of Maeve Marsden. Blessed Union is sharp, poignant, and very pertinent. A sad comedy, a hilarious tragedy, this is a great play about us.

Plays about family are as old as theatre, but this is a play about a new kind of family, and it’s brilliant. It came out of our Writers’ Lab and lockdown developments (thank you to everyone who donated to Artists at Work) so we’re elated it’s hitting the stage. And with Danielle Cormack and Maude Davey as Ruth and Judith, it’ll be a treat. – Eamon

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TEAM

  • Maeve Marsden
    Writer
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    Maeve Marsden is a writer and theatremaker based on Dharug and Gundungurra land. Best known as director of award-winning national storytelling project Queerstories, she has also toured extensively over the past fifteen years, presenting work at Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, Hayes Theatre Co, […]

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  • Hannah Goodwin
    Director
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    Hannah Goodwin (she/her) is a director who lives and works on Gadigal land. She is currently Resident Director at Belvoir Street Theatre. Her work includes Wayside Bride by Alana Valentine (Belvoir), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Belvoir), The Sorry Mum Project by Pippa Ellams (National Theatre of Parramatta, Bondi Feast), A Girl in […]

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  • Cast

  • Danielle Cormack
    Ruth
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    Danielle is an award winning actress both in Australia and New Zealand. She has had an extensive career across film, theatre and television for the past 35yrs. After working mostly in film and theatre in New Zealand, she came to prominence in Australia with her powerhouse performance in the leading role of ‘Kate Leigh’, in […]

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  • Maude Davey
    Judith
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    Maude Davey trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and has worked as an actor, director, and writer for more than twenty-five years, with her primary focus being the creation of new work. She won a Green Room Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role for her work in […]

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  • Emma Diaz
    Delilah
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    Emma Diaz is an actor and producer based in Sydney. A graduate of WAAPA Acting, her theatre credits include Blessed Union (Belvoir), The Great Divide (Ensemble), On The Beach (Sydney Theatre Company), The Crucible (Sport for Jove), Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare), Nautilus (Monkey Baa Theatre Company), and Hitler’s Daughter (Monkey Baa Theatre Company). Emma’s notable TV/film […]

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  • Jasper Lee-Lindsay
    Asher
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    Jasper studied acting at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. His stage credits include Moon Rabbit Rising (Little Eggs Collective/25A), Follow Me Home (ATYP), and The Monologue Collective (KXT). Screen credits include Too Many Ethnics (In-Between Productions), Percentages (Diversity Arts Australia), and Legend of the Five (Benjamin Jon Creative Media). Jasper is also a […]

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  • Creatives

  • Isabel Hudson
    Set & Costume designer
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    An award-winning set and costume designer, in 2022, Isabel won the APDG Award for Best Set Design for American Psycho.  She also won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Set Design of an Independent Production two years in a row – for the musicals American Psycho and Cry-Baby at Hayes Theatre Co which toured to […]

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  • Alyx Dennison
    Composer & Sound Designer
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    Alyx Dennison is a singer, composer and sound designer living and working on Gadigal Land. She is a fierce advocate for equality in education and the arts, with a particular interest in work which illuminates (and works to dissolve) systems of class, power and hierarchy. She cut her teeth on experimental pop duo kyü, who toured […]

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  • Amelia Lever-Davidson
    Lighting Designer
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    Amelia is an award-winning lighting designer whose practice encompasses theatre, dance, live art, television, and events. Theatre design credits include: My Brilliant Career, Every Brilliant Thing (Belvoir St Theatre); They Divided The Sky (25A Belvoir); Girls & Boys, Slap.Bang.Kiss., Admissions, Torch the Place, The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Melbourne Theatre Company); KBox, Because the Night, Australian […]

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  • Dom Mercer
    Dramaturg
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    Dom Mercer (he/him) is a director and dramaturg, and currently the Head of New Work at Belvoir. Recent Belvoir dramaturgy credits include: Blue, At What Cost and Looking for Alibrandi and he has worked closely across Belvoir’s new work over the past few years. Recent directing credits include: A Practical Guide to Self Defence (National […]

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  • Nigel Poulton
    Movement and Intimacy Coordinator
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    Nigel is an award-winning movement director, fight and intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA/MEAA stunt performer and actor, with over 25 years of professional experience. Selected theatre credits include: for Belvoir St Theatre, The Master and Margarita, Miss Peony, Packer and Sons, Things I Know To Be True, Stop Girl, Blessed Union, At What Cost?, The Jungle and […]

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  • Luke McGettigan
    Stage Manager
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    Luke is Belvoir’s Resident Stage Manager. For Belvoir, he has stage managed Holding the Man, Master and Margarita, The Weekend, Scenes from the Climate Era, Blessed Union, The Jungle and the Sea, Tell Me I’m Here, Opening Night, The Boomkak Panto, Stop Girl, My Brilliant Career, A Room of One’s Own, Packer & Sons, Things […]

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  • Mia Kanzaki
    Assistant Stage Manager
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    Mia Kanzaki is a Sydney based stage manager who is passionate about diverse stories and inclusive practices in the arts. She is a graduate of WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Stage Management). As Stage Manager, her credits include Tiddas (Belvoir) and The Face of Jizo (Red Line Productions). As Assistant Stage Manager, her credits include Blessed Union, the At What Cost? National […]

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