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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Orchid and The Crow
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'At eight days old Daniel’s secular Jewish parents chose to have him circumcised. Having not read the fine print in the Old Testament, this unknowingly triggered God’s ongoing contract with the Hebrews. In return for following his rules, God promised to look after the Israelites.

'At 29, Daniel is an atheist, single and living the life of a bohemian artist in Melbourne. And lo, God was not pleased! Appalled with Daniel’s lifestyle choices, God makes an example of him and appears on earth to smite him with stage four testicular cancer. Stage five is death.

'As Dan prepares for his upcoming treatment he is left in a spiritual vacuum. He is reaching for faith in something, but he’s certainly not going to find it in a deity who has already stolen one of his balls. Instead, Daniel finds salvation in an unlikely modern messiah, seven-time winner of the Tour de France and testicular cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.

'Now of course, Armstrong is a fallen angel and after Daniel’s full recovery, he wonders – how many times will he be cheated by a God?'

Source: Production website ( (Sighted: 22/03/2016)

Production Details

  • Produced by Button House Productions at the Malthouse Theatre, until 22 February 2015.

    Music written in conjunction with Claire Bartholomew.

    Produced by Merrigong Theatre Company, 10-13 October 2018.

    Director: Christian Leavesley.

    Composers: Daniel Tobias and Clare Bartholomew with John Thorn, Casey Bennetto, and Jherek Bischoff.

    Lighting Designer: Lisa Mibus.

    Script Consultant: David Quirk.

    Cast: Daniel Tobias.

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