Frank Hampster was a witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He is also a comedian.
In 2016 he wrote the first installment of what has become a four-part series. Only the first two shows could be performed in Melbourne with George Pell in court and potential interference with the legal process. With Pell's conviction comes the lifting of this restriction. Cardinal Sins: Pell in a Cell is a challenging, heartwarming, emotional comedy in which Frank shares his experience of growing up in Ballarat as a Catholic boy at the worst possible time and suffering because of it.
Unable to be performed in Victoria since 2017, Cardinal Sins is in its fourth year - critically acclaimed, award-nominated, this is a show not to be missed if you are interested in human stories told with honesty and humour, promoting love and hope.
Frank vowed to kiss Julia Gillard's feet for setting up the Royal Commission if he ever saw her. True to his promise, he was the chap who did kiss her feet after Pell's conviction!
Warning: Contains strong coarse language, some infrequent/low pressure audience interaction, potentially triggering content or themes, including Violence,Self Harm or Suicide,Sexual Assault or Abuse,Emotional Abuse,Sexual Harassment,Misogyny,Sexual References,Mental Health
"As confronting as it is funny...he has done the seemingly impossible by taking the tragedy of abuse and turning it into a genuinely entertaining show...it is equal parts informative, entertaining and revealing."
- Herald Sun, 4 stars
"It's impossible not to respond to his experience, his command of the subject matter and his call for honesty from the powers that be."
- Adelaide Advertiser, 4 stars
"He clearly uses humour as a coping mechanism and this is not just his story — it is his catharsis. There are laughs, but at many points Cardinal Sins is nothing short of heartbreaking. Often the two co-exist...it's intensely personal, moving and well worth seeing"
- The Music, 4 stars
"Hampster has a strong awareness of the power of comedy, both as a tool for healing and a weapon for change."