Christian groups have been holding protests outside a Glasgow theatre which portrays Jesus as a trans woman.

Around 300 people held a candle-lit vigil on Chisholm Street last night outside the Tron Theatre, holding placards saying “Jesus, king of kings, not queen of heaven” and “God: My son is not a pervert.”

The work has been condemned by the Christian Institute and the Roman Catholic Church, who have complained it is provocative and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Jesus, Queen of Heaven shows Christ transitioning to become a woman. It opened last night and will run until Saturday.

It is part of the Glasgay! arts festival, which is funded by the Scottish Arts Council, Event Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow city council.

A statement from the organisers of Glasgay! said: “Jesus, Queen of Heaven is a literary work of fiction exploring the artist’s own personal journey of faith as a transgendered person.

“Glasgay! supports the right to freedom of expression and offers audiences a diverse view of LGBT life. This work is not intended to incite or offend anyone of any belief system however we respect your right to disagree with that opinion. We welcome genuinely interested audience members who wish to understand the artistic intention behind this work.”

Jo Clifford, who wrote the play and performs as Christ in the production, has defended her work.

She said: “This is a play with music that presents her sayings, her miracles, and her testimony.

“And she does not condemn the gays or the queers or the trans women or the trans men, and no, not the straight women nor the straight men neither.

“Because she is the daughter of God, most certainly, and almost as certainly the son also. And God’s child condemns nobody. She can only love.”