April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 18 @ 8:00 pm
A new musical play by Felix Meagher entitled Runaway Priest will premiere at Celtic at Metropolitan, North Melbourne on Wednesday April 15, and run through
to Saturday April 18 2020.
The play features Chris Martin-McCombe as the runaway priest Kev. Cora Browne, the devoted church goer whose 14 year old son has missing, and Felix Meagher as the authoritarian and predatory Monsignor Jonah. Runaway Priest also features the gifted Matt Hadgraft on keyboard. The story is set in an imaginary place, Valley Lane, which is situated just down from the Valley cathedral, and known to the locals as the Street of Sighs.
The play examines the issues of abuse within the church, homelessness, and asks the question, can we really turn our faces away?
The proceeds of the opening night on Wednesday April 15 will be donated to Ballarat Men’s Mental Health, and lawyer Judy Courtin and author Christine Foster will speak about some of their direct and indirect experiences of abuse by the church. Judy represents a number of victims of sexual abuse, and Christine’s Hell On The Way To Heaven is an account of the abuse suffered by two of her daughters.
Ballarat Men’s Mental Health will be represented on the opening by Ballarat musician, Peter Blenkiron.