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Griffin Theatre Company is Australia’s new writing theatre. In residence at Sydney’s historic SBW Stables Theatre, we lead the country in developing and producing great Australian stories, and are dedicated to supporting Australian artists.

  • Caress/Ache Reviews

    Suzie Miller’s poignant new play Caress/Ache opened to standing ovations this week. The season runs until April 11, book your tickets here.

    “Caress/Ache makes for a touching and thought-inspiring night of theatre…” Stage Whispers

    “…Zoe Carides is heartbreaking to watch as the desperate and downtrodden Alice.” Time Out

    “A compelling, fascinating and troubling work by playwright, director and cast alike.” Stage Noise 

    Read more…

  • Steve Rodgers wins the inaugural The Lysicrates Prize

    We’re thrilled to announce that Steve Rodgers is the winner of the inaugural The Lysicrates Prize  for his play Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam. The first Act of all three finalists’ works were performed at the Sydney Conservatorium on Friday 30 January. The Premier of NSW presented Steve with the prize at an awards ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Read more…

  • Check out our 2015 Season Trailer!

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30 March 5:12 pm

Message from Ben – 31 March, 2015

Expand your mind and spare your waist this Easter.

Having hidden my orange Griffin T-shirt back in King’s Cross, shaved my legs and gone deep undercover in Surry Hill’s Belvoir for a stint on stage in Elektra/Orestes, I can report back that the health of new works in this country is at a possible all time high.  To celebrate this casual cultural collaboration we are inviting Belvoir and Griffin audiences to enjoy an Easter of discounted new Sydney works. Caress/Ache and Elektra/Orestes patrons will save $20 a ticket when presenting a Griffin ticket stub at Belvoir, and vice versa. Between them these shows have been described as “stunning”, “urgent”, “shocking”, “crushing”, “compelling”, “heartbreaking”, and “thought inspiring”, with audiences standing, weeping, and writing in with beautiful words of thanks and support.  Is it the authenticity of the voices of Jada Alberts and Suzie Miller? Is it the bold ambition of the works? Is it something to do with having a forward slash in the title that is provoking these responses? Dig in your coat pockets, empty the recycling bin, find your ticket stub, and make up your own mind.

Speaking of cheap theatre tickets: last chance to snap up a 4 Play Subscription for not much at all (please do, because if we sell just 42 more subscriptions Lee will shout us all a celebratory lunch at Mad Pizza, and some kind of fabled watermelon cake). Caress/Ache, The House on the Lake, The Bleeding Tree, and A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il are a fantastic line up for the second half of the year.

Now, if you yourself are a maker of quality independent theatre and want to bring your work to the Stables in 2016, the Griffin Independent season is open for submissions. We offer independent artists a slot at  the SBW Stables theatre, ticketing, marketing, staff, a bar with great gin, and a whole lot more. All you need to do is bring the show. So do it. Nicholas Hope did, and it’s all about to happen (you can read how his upcoming production of Five Properties of Chainmale is shaping up in his rehearsal blog).  And straight after that we have our second Main Season show - The House on the Lake We look forward to Huw Higginson‘s dangerous charisma on stage soon.

Belonging is a loving and incredibly detailed history of Australian playwriting by the great theatre reviewer/academic/author John McCallum.  We are very privileged that John has offered to curate and present Script Club for us, in which neglected masterpieces will be available to read, before being discussed live.  Tickets to this programme are ridiculously limited (and I’m not just saying that to make you buy them, they will go very fast).

Join us and become a part of the revival of these tremendous works.

That’s enough hyperlinks for one week.  Enjoy Sydney in the Easter hiatus, leave the chocolate bunnies, and binge on a double bill of new works at both Griffin and Belvoir instead.


4:56 pm

From the Rehearsal Room – Five Properties of Chainmale

As rehearsals round out their second week,  Nicholas Hope reveals the perils of being both writer and director of a piece.

We are now two weeks into the first staggered weeks of rehearsal. It is utterly absorbing watching the piece take shape. I have chosen to block all the way through first, then revisit each section and concentrate on style, pacing, relationships, and throughlines. Read more…

19 March 10:42 am

A message from Lee, 19 March

Thank you all for your effusive support of Caress/Ache. We have never had so many letters, emails, phone calls and visits from our audience to say how moved they have been by Suzie Miller’s play. It opened two weeks ago to standing ovations and yes, more than a few tears. Since then we have been overwhelmed with how Sydney is opening its heart to the stories in this big hearted play.

Our 2015 Griffin Ambassadors saw the matinee on Saturday and were blown away by how relevant the play is in their lives at the moment. Each year we invite 100 high school students to see the whole season of plays. Thanks to The Robertson Foundation, the students attend for free and some from travel from as far away as Tamworth and Aberdeen, from Wollongong and Campbelltown. Over the years they have told us, the reason they like coming to Griffin is because they are encouraged to engage as people rather than as ‘students’. This isn’t an education program but it allows us to have a really robust conversation with young people who want to have a relationship to theatre. Read more…


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