Merciless Gods

By Dan Giovannoni after Christos Tsiolkas
Northcote Town Hall

Season: 25 July – 5 August, 2017
Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm
Sydney, Griffin Theatre
1 & 2 November, 2017
Season: 4 – 25 November, 2017
Monday – Saturday, 7pm
Saturday 25 November, 2pm & 7pm
DIirector: Stephen Nicolazzo
Writer: Dan Giovannoni
Based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas
Producer: Jo Porter
Set and Costume Design: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design: Daniel Nixon
Dramaturgy: Chris Mead
Production Manager: Gwen Gilchrist
Jennifer Vuletic, Sapidah Kian, Peter Paltos, Paul Blenheim, Brigid Gallacher and Charles Purcell.

Produced by Griffin Indepedent and Little Ones Theatre

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Where do the Gods live? Down here, in the sewers, with us…

Ancient Gods were cruel and capricious. In this collection based on the writings of acclaimed author and observer Christos Tsiolkas, humans are their prey. Or the fallen themselves.

Vicious and tender, here is Australia today. From migrant camps to gay saunas, pill-popping hipster dinner parties to porn sets, prison cells to the streets of the Cross, Merciless Gods captures haunting slices of our psyche and unveils the hidden faces of ancient deities on mortal ground.

Intercutting between families, friends and accidental encounters, this is humanity laid-bare – virtuous and vengeful, domestic and divine.

Tsiolkas has entrusted this first ever stage adaptation of Merciless Gods to award-winning queer indie wunderkinds Little Ones Theatre, and award winning playwright Dan Giovannoni. In the hands of these theatre makers this is urgent, dirty, glorious theatre.

“…one of our most important novelists”,  The Age (on Tsiolkas)

“Merciless Gods is a collection of vitality, clever angles, shock value, power and unexpected delicacy”, The Australian

“Tsiolkas is a master chronicler of the zeitgeist”, The Guardian

“Tsiolkas is better than anyone else writing in Australia today at thinking about the affective pull and the sharp edges of communities: ethnicity, family, friendship, class, nation”, Sydney Review of Books

“Tsiolkas has become that rarest kind of writer in Australia, a serious literary writer who is also unputdownable, a mesmerising master of how to tell a story. He has this ability more than any other writer in the country”, The Sun Herald

“Little Ones Theatre have one of the most unique voices in Melbourne theatre. Inspired by the 1980s but seen through today’s eyes, their worlds are visually arresting, sexually free and always unforgettable”, Anne-Marie Peard, Sometimes Melbourne