The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven



Since its explosive premiere at Tron Theatre in 2009 ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’ has suffered mass protests and condemnation in the UK and threats of violence and attempts at censorship in Brazil. Simultaneously, the play had a HUGE impact on the world, the LGBTQ+ community and hundreds of lives, inspiring many people to be themselves.

Exactly 10 years on, Jesus, Queen of Heaven is returning to continue sharing the important message of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Between Tuesday 29th October and Sunday 3rd November, Queen Jesus Productions will host a series of events marking the anniversary – including both the original production performed by Jo Clifford and a Scottish premiere of the Brazillian version, ‘O Evangelho Segundo Jesus, Raihna do Ceu’ performed by Renata Carvalho.

Queen Jesus – standing up to hate for a decade

Since its explosive premiere at Tron Theatre in 2009 'The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven' has suffered mass protests and condemnation in the UK and threats of violence and attempts at censorship in Brazil. Simultaneously, the play had a HUGE impact on the world, the LGBTQ+ community and hundreds of lives, inspiring many people to be themselves.Join us to celebrate this milestone in theatre history with a MOMENTOUS mini-season. Back at The Tron exactly 10 years on from the controversial premiere in 2009 > by Andrea Spisto.

Posted by Jesus Queen of Heaven on Friday, 27 September 2019


  • THU 31 OCT – SAT 2 NOV. 7.45PM. [£11) book now
  • Signed performance: FRI 1 Nov


  • WED 30 OCT, 7.45PM. £15 [£11) book now

Untitled 2009 – The Cast

Untitled 2009 is a new play about a controversial 2009 GoMA – Glasgow Museums exhibit.

Written by Nelly Kelly and directed by David Wood.

2.30pm, Saturday 2 Nov, The Tron, Glasgow. Tickets £8.50 book here

Part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven at Tron Theatre this Oct/Nov. Supported by Outspoken Arts Scotland.

Nelly Kelly – They/them

Nelly is a trans, non-binary playwright, performer maker and drag artist. They have a masters with distinction in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow and are a former Playwrights Studio Scotland mentored Playwright. Their works unapologetically sets out to take up space to put queer life and culture centre stage, with a particular focus on Trans identities.

Recent credits include; Queersa Gay: Fields of Gold, Buzzcut, CCA Glasgow (creator/performer). Haus of Gay, Queer Theory, Nice ‘n’ Sleazy Glasgow (drag art collaboration), The Dogwood, Pride Plays, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh (writer), Sacramental, Mintworks, Guest Projects London.

David Wood – He/him

David is a director and theatre-maker based in Glasgow. Originally hailing from Ayrshire, at the core of his practice is a desire to open access to the arts, regardless of economic or social background. David has worked alongside a number of Scotland’s leading theatre companies, including Bard in the Botanics, Capall Dorcha, Borderline and Visible Fictions. His work, though varied, often focuses on new writing, work for young audiences and queer theatre, topics particularly close to his heart.

David graduated with an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (directing) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a recipient of the Dewar Arts Award and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Recent director credits include: Perfectly Norman (Puppetry Scratch Night); Play Me Out, A Word Please and Last Orders (Overlap Theatre Company) and A Beginner’s Guide to Populism (NoLogoProductions).

Associate/Assistant director credits include: A Ladder to the Stars and The Hidden (Visible Fictions); Playthrough (Borderline); Channelling Jabez (Play, Pie and a Pint) and Taming of the Shrew? (Bard in the Botanics)

Bel Pye – They/them

Bel graduated from BA Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015. Since then they have been living with several chronic illnesses, which is a full time job in itself! They have also worked with the education team at the Citizens Theatre and had their visual art work exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London.

Adam Kashmiry – He/him

Adam is a performer, a trans activist, and an inspirational speaker. He has made his professional debut as an actor in a theatre production called ADAM as part of the Fringe 2017. The play won the Fringe First award, the Scottish arts club award and was shortlisted for Amnesty’s international award for free speech. Adam won a Herald Angel award for his role in the play as well as being nominated for an Offies award 2018. Adam appeared on TEDx Glasgow 2018 and talked about stereotypes and the issues Trans people face. He has a YouTube channel in which he talks about his Transition and any related topics.

Goose Masondo – They/them

Goose is a Glasgow-based performer originally from Argentina/South London and currently studying at the University of Glasgow, in their third year of a Theatre Studies and English Literature degree. Primarily a musical theatre actor, Goose trained at Laine Theatre Arts and British Youth Music Theatre before coming to university, and is super excited to have their first professional role in a play, especially one so close to their heart.

Saerlaith Robyn McQuaid-O’Dwyer – She/her

Saerlaith is a theatre and performance maker, facilitator, curator and DJ. Their work includes two shows for the Dublin Fringe Festival, Cuomo (2013) and (Not) Belonging, (2015), and performance work in Dublin, Glasgow and Rotterdam. She founded the Trans Live Art Salon, a collective and arts platform for trans artists in Ireland in association with Live Collision, co-facilitated TLAS’ festival residency with Robbie Blake, won the Spirit of Fringe, Spirit of Project Award at Dublin Fringe 2017 with TLAS’ chill space and trans art festival, the Fully-Automated Luxury Gender Oasis, and curated a programme of trans work at Live Collision International Festival 2018. More recently, she has graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s Drama and Theatre Studies course, and moved to Glasgow.

Bibi June – They/them

Bibi June is a Glasgow-based poet, theatre maker, and performer. They co-founded and run spoken word theatre company In The Works. Their work focussed on liminal identities, social injustice, and alternatives to capitalism. Their first pamphlet ‘Begin Again’ was published by Speculative Books in 2017. Bibi has created and performed in several collaborative shows, including ‘A Matter of Time’ (2017) and ‘The 900 Club’, the latter of which received 4* and 5* reviews for its debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019, they toured their newest collaborative spoken word theatre show ‘Make/Shift’ throughout the UK & Ireland.

Sadie Godiva – She/her

Sadie hails from Coventry, and arrived in Scotland, via Germany, more than six years ago. Now in her seventh decade, her passions, apart from performing, include playing lawn bowls and railway modelling. She is the proud parent of two adult children, who are both totally supportive. Her attraction to theatre started as a nine year old, when she witnessed her first Gang Show (at the now demolished Coventry Theatre) and was besotted by the spectacle. It’s been downhill ever since!

East End Murals

Sat 31 August, 2-4pm, The Lagoon, Paisley PA1

A live painting event with local artist, Peter Stewart to test ideas for a new series of community murals in Paisley’s east end.

Come along take part, share stories and ideas about the area and try your hand at designing or painting.

All ages welcome.

FREE – no tickets required.

an original work by Peter Stewart

Man of Moon, Ghost Baby, Tiny Murder & Lunir

Fri 13 September 2019, 6.30-11.30pm, Tickets £7.06-13.52 book here

The Student Union, University of the West of Scotland, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2HB

An evening of cool new bands and rising talent featuring – Man of Moon, Ghost Baby, Tiny Murder, Lunir + others.

Fresh from a summer tour taking in Kelburn Garden Party, Belladrum, King Tut’s and the Outwith festival, the formidable Man of Moon bring their juggernaut of sound to Paisley.

On the night they will be joined by up-n-coming Tiny Murder, who will bring their unique cinematic dream pop to the audience and one of the most talented young groups to come from Renfrewshire, the unmissable Ghostbaby.

Intro 2021

Erskine Music & Media are proud to present

Thu 12 September 2019, ComicCrazy, 45 Old Sneddon St, Paisley PA3 2AN

3pm-5pm – FREE BY TICKET

‘Intro 2021‘ is an album compilation of young up-and-coming artists aged between 12-25 from within Renfrewshire. We are excited to be officially launching the album at Comicrazy in Paisley with vinyl available to purchase at the event. This is a family-friendly free event and we would like to see you all there to support the exciting local music scene we have in Renfrewshire.

About PYAF

Paisley Youth Arts Festival is a joint programme initiative led by a number of arts organisation in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

The project emerged as one of the key outcomes of the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid and its cultural consultations.

Young People were consulted on two occasions, in 2016 during the build-up to the UK CofC bidding process and again in February 2019.

In 2018 Outspoken Arts Scotland invited local partners to coalesce around a first year of self-generated programme, without funding support, and as an act of faith and goodwill towards young people and the local community.

The inaugural programme has over 50 activities, spread over two weeks with a potential to reach 5000+ attenders.

This is an exciting start for PYAF and we look forward to building on its success for 2020 and a new bigger, bolder festival with a forward-looking and inclusive agenda.

Thanks to all partners for their time and generosity of spirit.

Anyone partners or organisations interested in taking part in 2020


Volunteer with Paisley Youth Arts Festival

Contact any of these individuals & groups for whatever interests you. 

We have flexible shifts and days to suit your availability


Be a technician, roadie, runner, host, helper, performer



Take part, publicise, run an activity



Be an invigilator, help with VR, technical setup, artists assistance

Contact: for anything in POP Space

And  (for The Fourth Wall)


Be an usher, backstage helper, artists assistance



Help with leaflet and poster distribution around Paisley town centre



Tue 10 September, 7pm, Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2Db

Tickets from PACE Youth Theatre

Suitable for age 14+

Directed by Fraser Scott & Iona Ramsay

“Well, you’d hope they were still together, wouldn’t you? They put it here in red pen, they scratched it onto a wall, that has to mean something, right?”

‘Whitey’, a one-act play, explores the process of entering adulthood, club culture and changing relationships; when we grow into different people, how do our relationships change, and do they sustain? Charly and Erin have been best friends since before they can remember, but forced to spend an uninterrupted night together trapped in a club toilet, they begin to see where their relationship has become irreparably frayed.’

Celebrating Women in Music with Carol Laula Band & Guests

Sat 14 September 2019, 7.30pm, The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley, PA1 2DB

Tickets: Adults £10, book via Eventbrite (nb. plus handling/booking fees)

Concessions: AT DOOR FROM 6.30pm (Stu,OAP,U18,Unem,Disa) £5 ID/evidence required at door.

Carol Laula performs with her band in this female-focused, variety-packed music extravaganza, presenting a full and fabulous set of her own whilst introducing some exciting women in music showcasing songs old and new. Not to be missed. Featuring …

  • Jordan Stewart
  • Lisa Kowalski
  • Mandulu & Hephzibah
  • Marina Rolink
  • Erskine Music & Media
  • + other acts tba.
  • PACE Youth Theatre Choir

A full evening of folk, acoustic, singer-songwriters, unique and original talent.

How to get here


Glasgow Airport, also known as Glasgow International Airport, is located in Paisley, Renfrewshire, 8.6 nautical miles west of Glasgow city centre.


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