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Past Event

Perth International Arts Festival presents

Guide Gods

Is disability the will of a higher power?

United Kingdom

Thu 18 Feb, 7.30pm

Burt Hall, St Georges Cathedral

Tickets $16

  • Dance


Claire Cunningham undertakes a perilous quest to explore how the major world faiths view deafness and disability. Is she paying for the mistakes of a past life? Is it a test for her? Or a punishment for her parents? Could she, should she, be healed?

Guide Gods is a witty, warm and illuminating piece of dance theatre featuring live music and interviews with religious leaders, academics and deaf and disabled people.

Afterwards you are invited to stay for some tea, a chat and to ponder your own beliefs. (Will Karma catch up with you if you help yourself to too many biscuits?)

Fri 12 Feb evening performance
Fri 19 Feb evening performance

Download the event program here.

Listen to the audio program here.

Download the large print event program here.

Auslan Interpretations: 
Saturday 14 February, 2pm
Saturday 20 February, 2pm  

Audio Description and Captioning
services available for all performances.

Co-commissioned by the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens and Southbank Centre.



Awards & Reviews

‘Unique and completely beautiful.’

Cast & Crew / Artists

Claire Cunningham

Creator and Performer

Derek Nisbet

Composer and Musician

Karen Tennent


Brian Gorman

Lighting Designer


Education Resources


Recommended for ages 12+

Audience participation. Limited availability.


Information for Teachers and Excursion Plan


Before the Show

Synopsis and Themes

The Company

After the Show

2016 PIAF Artist in Residence: Claire Cunningham

PIAF’s 2016 Artist in Residence, Claire Cunningham, is a self-identifying disabled artist. Her unique work consciously rejects traditional dance techniques in its exploration of her physicality, incorporating the crutches that have been a part of her life since age 14. Her acclaimed shows Guide Gods and Give Me A Reason To Live are two related perspectives on disability and faith.


A PIAF project presented in association with DADAA


Burt Hall, St Georges Cathedral

38 St Georges Terrace, Perth Show in Google Maps ›
08 9325 5766
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Family And Education Program Partner