Country Arts SA brings Daniel Tobias to Burra

Performance: The Orchid and the Crow with Daniel Tobias. Photo: Andrew-Wuttke.
Performance: The Orchid and the Crow with Daniel Tobias. Photo: Andrew-Wuttke.

Daniel Tobias grew up in a Jewish-atheist household. In 2004, he found out he had stage-four testicular cancer and went searching for God... any God. Enter Lance Armstrong.

Like Lance Armstrong, Daniel is a testicular cancer survivor. His award winning one man show The Orchid & The Crow, which comes to the Burra Town Hall on Wednesday, September 12 2018 at 7.30 pm, is a funny, uplifting musical roller-coaster about faith, family and survival.

Part story, part cabaret, part theatre, with a soundtrack that segues between rock, pop and contemporary opera, the play deals with rarely discussed themes in an entertaining, theatrical, accessible and comical form.

At 29, Daniel is an atheist, single and living the life of a bohemian artist in Melbourne. God was not pleased! 

Appalled with Daniel’s lifestyle choices, God makes an example of him and appears on earth to smite him with stage four testicular cancer. Stage five is death.

Daniel is left in a spiritual vacuum and reaching for faith in something. Enter Lance Armstrong, an unlikely modern messiah, seven-time winner of the Tour de France and testicular cancer survivor.

Written and performed by Daniel Tobias, audiences have described this brilliantly clever and ultimately moving story as ‘life-changing’.

The Orchid & The Crow is presented by Salvador Dinosaur & Critical Stages in conjunction with Country Arts SA (as part of the Shows on the Road program) and the Burra Presenter Group.

Sharon Austin from the presenter group said the Burra Town Hall committee was excited to bring this to the town.

“...excited to start our season of events with this brilliant and moving production of The Orchid & The Crow. A free glass of champagne will be offered before the show with doors opening at 7pm. Come join us!”

The Orchid & The Crow has been developed with the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.

Tickets: *Adult $27; Under 17 $10; Group $24. Includes post-show Q and A where audiences will have the opportunity to ask Daniel questions about the show and his journey with cancer.

*Transaction fees apply

Bookings can be made online at or at Burra Stationers 8892 2057. Suitable for audiences 15 and over.

Critics have raved,

★★★★ "Turns divine vengeance into comedy gold." The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “Tobias is an intelligent, dynamic and honest performer who is highly entertaining to watch. This show will renew your faith in love, life, and possibly even Lance Armstrong.” CBC Canada.

"Whip-smart, hilarious and deeply moving.” The Age