Created by the award-winning company Sans Hotel, Miracle Man is an absurd and (mostly) true story about a guy called Derek who goes to India to seek enlightenment from a god who has a thing for Nike shoes and hairspray.
In this part surreal comedy, part documentary, Pier Carthew mines his own experience growing up in a family devoted to Sri Sathya Sai Baba – a guru who claimed to be God’s avatar, founded three ashrams in India, and dedicated himself to community projects.
When he died in 2011, Sai Baba left a staggering material legacy: opulent hospitals and sports grounds, sanitation works and universities. More murky details emerged too – allegations of sexual improprieties and fraudulent miracles, an obscene amount of cash at his home, and hundreds of cans of hairspray used to tame his wild afro.
Miracle Man satirises everything from corruption in India to the gullibility of the faithful, but never ridicules the desire for spiritual meaning. Maybe just a little.
–“Unique… A must see” -4½ stars – ARTSHUB
“Luminous, buoyant comedy.” The Age
Director: Nicola Gunn // Devised by: Nicola Gunn & Pier Carthew // Featuring: Pier Carthew
Image credit: Pier Carthew