Jesus Wants Me
For A Sunbeam

Written by Peter Goldsworthy
Adapted for the stage by Steve Rodgers
Directed by Darren Yap

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 6 FEBRUARY – 8 MARCH 2020

Belvoir presents Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta production.

The Pollard family’s world is flipped on its head when illness breaches their sanctuary. Based on the novella by acclaimed Adelaide author Peter Goldsworthy, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam is a powerful reminder of what we do for those we love.

This one played at Parramatta and had them weeping in the aisles. It’s a detailed, humane depiction of the universe that can exist in a small family – which makes it a perfect show for Belvoir. – Eamon Flack, Artistic Director

★★★★ ½ – The Sydney Morning Herald
This is stunning theatre” – Sydney Arts Guide

Content warnings: Adult Themes, Suicide

If Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam raises any concerns for you following the performance, Lifeline offers a 24 hour counselling service and can be reached at 13 11 14. Additional information can be found on their website, Other services which may be of assistance include mental health advocacy organisation, Beyond Blue ( 224 636), and youth mental health foundation, Headspace ( You may also consider speaking to a trusted source or engaging your local GP.


Set & Costume Designer Emma Vine
Lighting & AV Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lambert & Sean Peter
Assistant Director Erin Taylor
Stage Manager Lauren Tulloh
Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Verburg


Valerie Bader
Emma Jackson
Mark Lee
Liam Nunan
Grace Truman
Matthew Whittet


Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
Production images by Brett Boardman
  • Running Times and Content Warnings

    Running time: 80 Minutes (no intermission)

    Content warnings: Adult Themes, Suicide

    Should you wish 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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