Posts by Anne Collett

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St Mary’s in Exile Writer’s Note

by Anne Collett

Playwright, DAVID BURTON | Queensland Theatre Company Program  I came to St Mary’s as many others did: a sticky-beaking lapsed Catholic. I visited the church just once, at the height of its controversy, in 2009. What I encountered was a refreshing, relevant and resonant interpretation of a Catholic mass. It addressed, very directly, so many […]

David Burton’s St Mary’s in Exile about Father Peter Kennedy

by Anne Collett

Martin Buzacott | The Australian | 5 September 2016 It’s hard to imagine a more inherently theatrical story than that of Father Peter Kennedy, stripped of his role as priest at St Mary’s in South Brisbane for his liberal views that attracted a growing congregation while causing consternation among Roman Catholic authorities… Read more…

St Mary’s in Exile (QTC) – theatre review

by Anne Collett

Eric Scott | Editor, The Blurb Magazine | 7 September 2016 …His way of worship was popular among the diverse residents of St Mary’s parish, so much so that where many pews were empty at other churches his following rose to 800 or more each Sunday. But this progressive attitude did not go down well […]

St Mary’s in Exile Review (Billie Brown Theatre)

by Anne Collett

Allison Cotes | Daily Review | 6 September 2016 Stop the presses! The Roman Catholic hierarchy isn’t always right. The canonisation ten years ago of that wicked rebel Mary McKillop, briefly excommunicated in 1871, has proved that; and even Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic in 1431 and burned at the stake, was eventually forgiven and […]

Arts Review – St Mary’s in Exile

by Anne Collett

Arts Review | 3 September 2016 … on a stormy night, after refusing to resign or to fall in line with orthodoxy, an excommunicated Father Peter is packing up to go into exile – when a mysterious young homeless visitor walks out of the rain, wanting to know the story behind this unconventional holy man […]

St Mary’s In Exile @ Queensland Theatre Company Review

by Anne Collett

Kate Byrne | Arts | 2 September 2016 ‘St Mary’s In Exile’ is a new play by David Burton about the events in the parish of South Brisbane that led to the removal of the parish Priest (Fr Peter Kennedy) from office and the formation of the St Mary’s in Exile community…Read more

Brisbane arts and culture: Phil Brown’s top 5 picks

by Anne Collett

Brisbane arts and culture: Phil Brown’s top 5 picks Phil Brown, Arts Editor | The Courier-Mail |29 August, 2016 ARTS Editor Phil Brown brings Courier-Mail+ subscribers the top five things you need to see this week to call yourself cultured. ‘When the Catholic Church kicked out everyone’s favourite priest, Fr Peter Kennedy, there was much outrage. […]

St Marys in Exile becomes a play

by Anne Collett

Terri Begley | Breakfast with Spencer Howson | ABC Radio | 26 August 2016 Terri Begley interviewed Brisbane playwright, David Burton … ‘They were told to toe the Vatican line or close…But St Marys in Exile South Brisbane, now St Mary’s in Exile, decided that church was more to them than just a brick building […]