Quiet Faith


26-28 April 2018, Riverside Theatres Parramatta: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/quiet-faith/

3-4 May 2018, The Art House Wyong: http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au/whats-on/quiet-faith

9-10 May 2018, HOTA Gold Coast: https://hota.com.au/theatre/quiet-faith/

11-12 May 2018, Brisbane Powerhouse: https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2018/05/11/quiet-faith/

15-18 May 2018, Canberra Theatre Centre:https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/quiet-faith/

22-26 May 2018, Civic Theatre Newcastle: http://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/Season-2018/Season-Shows/Quiet-Faith

29-30 May 2018, Merrigong Theatre Company, Wollongong:  http://merrigong.com.au/shows/quiet-faith.html

1-2 June 2018, Orange Civic Theatre:


6-10 June 2018, Glen St Theatre: https://glenstreet.com.au/whats-on/quiet-faith

12-14 June 2018, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre: https://www.bmec.com.au/quiet-faith.html

20-21 June 2018, Albany Entertainment Centre: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=QUIETFA18 

26-27 June 2018, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre: https://www.manpac.com.au/show/quiet-faith/

10-11 July 2018, The Capital, Bendigo: http://www.thecapital.com.au/Whats_On/Quiet_Faith

18-21 July 2018, The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool: http://www.lighthousetheatre.com.au/quiet-faith

24-26 July 2018, Horsham Town Hall: http://www.horshamtownhall.com.au/hthevent/the-quiet-faith/


8-19 October 2014, Vitalstatistix, Waterside Hall, Port Adelaide

8-17 October 2015, HotHouse Theatre, Albury/Wodonga

23-24 October 2015, Q Theatre, Penrith

“My hope is that the church expands its voice beyond moral issues, and becomes about what we’re for rather than what we’re against… And that is a project of broadening people’s theology.” Quiet Faith interviewee

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams, comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.

The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates.

Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many. Other Christians work less publically to separate church and hate in their own communities and congregations.

Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, each of whom has also selected a personally significant song. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Writer, director & performer: David Williams

Original Performer & collaborator: Ashton Malcolm

Performer (2018 tour): Rose Maher

Designer: Jonathon Oxlade

Sound designer: Bob Scott

Lighting designer: Chris Petridis

Outside eye: Roz Hervey

Technical Stage Manager (2018 tour): Caitlyn Livingston and Lyndon Buckley

Stage manager and operation (Adelaide): Trevor Griffin

Stage manager and operation (Albury/Wodonga): Ian Spence

Stage manager and operation (Penrith): Suzie Franke



Creative producer: Emma Webb

Production manager:
 Emma O’Neill

Build and crew:
 Emma O’Neill, Tim Dodd and Wendy Todd

Interview transcription: Ainslie List with Suzie Franke and David Williams

Documentation: Jennifer Greer Holmes and Heath Britton

Quiet Faith was co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



“Quiet Faith blows no trumpets, breathes no hellfire and damnation, utters no sanctimony. It moved the lady I saw with tears rolling down her cheek during the communal singing of Amazing Grace. It aroused a sense of shared community during the audience’s uttering of the Lord’s Prayer. Devoid of pretension, the simple roleplay exposed the irrational, challenged the prejudicial, lauded love and compassion and left the audience to determine the nature of their faith and how it is manifest in their daily lives.”

Peter Wilkins, The Canberra Times

“Quiet Faith is hallowed ground, a little bit like going to church, and a powerful voice for the faithful who actually practice what they preach.  Whether you are a full-blown atheist, one of the flock, or a complete hypocrite, you will not leave the same as you entered.”

David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review

“Audiences will have complex existing relationships with the material explored, relationships that may drastically alter the messages they take away. There will be those who intimately connect with the interviewees and their perspectives; those who left religion long ago; those who follow another faith; those who have never been religious. […] Quiet Faith gently asks its audience – religious or not – to take a new look at the face of Christianity today. Whose voices aren’t we hearing? And what do we miss because of this?”

Jane Howard, The Guardian

“David Williams’ latest work arose from the simple understanding that the type of Christianity we see on the news and engaged with politics – the Fred Niles of this world – might not be an accurate representation of all aspects of Australian Christianity. Quiet Faith seeks to give a voice to those other aspects and invites the audience to see and understand a much more complicated picture. It succeeds entirely. […] Everything from the design and lighting to the extremely up-close performance combines to give these voices an arresting power and weight. […] With a few simple, elegant choices the design team has created a space for meditation and intimate, thoughtful conversation. […] It’s like sitting inside a documentary and the effect is striking.”

Katherine Gale, ArtsHub