24 March 11:58 am

Peter’s Tortilla Recipe

This week Peter has departed from his usual sweet creations and gone in a distinctly Spanish, savoury direction with a delicious tortilla. It’s the perfect treat to power you through the end of the working week (and fool you into thinking you’re dining in a Spanish tapas bar instead of sitting in an office meeting). Buen apetito!



  • 2 medium size potatoes – peeled and diced  into small (0.5cm) cubes

  • 2 medium sized onions –finely diced

  • Olive Oil – 2 Tablespoons

  • 20 grams of Butter

  • 4 eggs – beaten

  • Pinch of Saffron Threads – soaked in small amount of warm water (optional)

  • Pinch Salt

  • Black pepper to taste


  • Heat Olive Oil together with Butter and Pepper in a deep sided 20 cm non-stick frying pan.

  • Gently fry diced onion for about 7+ minutes until soft, stirring frequently to prevent it browning.

  • Microwave cubed potato with a tiny amount of water – approx. 5 minutes until cubes are soft.

  • Stir potato evenly into the softened onion, add a pinch of salt, and continue cooking until the potato absorbs any residual oil/butter mix.

  • Pour saffron threads and soaking water into the mix, and stir to distribute.

  • Add the beaten eggs to frypan mix and stir gently for about 1 minute as the mix starts to set, then smooth the top down evenly.

  • Reduce heat to low, cover frying pan with a dinner plate, and cook for 8-10 minutes until tortilla is firm.

  • Turn the tortilla out of the pan by turning the pan and plate upside down. 

  • Slide the upside down tortilla back  into the frypan, cover with the plate again, and cook the tortilla for a further 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Turn the tortilla out of the pan and onto a serving plate.

Can be served hot or cold; slice and garnish with a scatter of tomato wedges and olives.

16 March 12:26 pm

A Note from Lee, 16 March

Friday night will be the first preview of Declan Greene’s The Homosexuals or ‘Faggots’. We had a great season down at Malthouse in Melbourne so there is plenty of social media chatter from all your friends down there who saw it… Now you are just going to have to come along and see for yourself. It’s a farce, and there is mashed potato involved so don’t wear your good clothes if you like sitting in the front row.

Filthy in a different way, Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree has opened for a new season down the road at STC. All the gore and greatness of the original production, dripping with the talent of Paula Arundel, Shari Sebbens and Airlie Dodds on the Wharf 1 stage for the next month.

Autumn is always the best time for going to the theatre – I like to think of it as the great umbrella exchange. Lose your umbrella, find inspiration!

Stay dry if you can,

2 March 2:09 pm

A Note from Karen, 2nd March

I am not sure where the first two months of the year have gone, although given we have:

… A Strategic Plan, the first show of our main season, closing next week. (Yes, next week is your last chance to see this ‘slightly too close to the bone’ work by Ross Mueller. Don’t miss out.)

The Homosexuals wrapping up its Malthouse season, ready to wend its merry way to the Stables stage. I saw the show in Melbourne and can’t wait for us all to get up close and personal in Kim and Warren’s Darlo apartment!!

The Bleeding Tree in rehearsal at Sydney Theatre Company. It was so exciting to hear the play read again this week with the original cast all back on deck for the season at the Wharf.

… Lee cloning herself so she can get both of these shows on while preparing for rehearsal for David Williams’ Smurf In Wanderland

Phil Spencer curated our first hugely fun ‘Griffin Up (not that) Late’ last week, where he also regaled us with the story of his (in)famous punk/rock/ska high school band ‘Pike Basher’. Watch this space for our next up late session during The Homosexuals.

Then, suddenly, I do realise how March seemed to arrive so quickly!


Karen Rodgers
General Manager 

17 February 9:30 am

Lane’s farewell cake

We’ve been graced at Griffin with another amazing confection by our resident cake-wizard Peter, this time in honour of the lovely Lane’s departure.

This nutty, squishy-with-dates delight is Peter’s take on Karen Martini’s interpretation of Dan Lepard’s “Marrakesh Express loaf cake”. Recipe here.

(Peter has made some secret tweaks we’re not allowed to share publicly – but we’ll give a hint, alcohol is involved.)

16 February 1:14 pm

A Note from Phil, 16 February

I have been a long time campaigner for people’s right to wear short pants at the theatre. It’s an issue that is very dear to my heart, as a person who loves theatre and as a person who is, generally, a bit sweaty. And to the naysayers I say, just because you can see my knees, doesn’t mean that I am not deeply engaged in the theatrical world you’ve created on stage. I am engaged. And so are my knees. *

So I was thrilled to see so many proud, cultured, naked knees last week, as we gathered in the botanical gardens on a balmy Friday evening for the 2017 Lysicrates Prize. A rabble rousing crowd of 400 citizens watched as three of the finest Australian writers worked their magic – there were lost handbags, under the counter hand jobs and a foul mouthed octogenarian – and that was just the Arts Minister Mitch Fifield’s speech! (Did this dodgy joke really get through the proof read? Yes, apparently it did, z i n g ).

To the fantastic writers, Jennifer Compton, Nick Coyle and Melissa Bubnic, we, the people of Sydney town, thank you! A huge congratulations to Melissa Bubnic whose darkly comic play Ghosting the Party was crowned the 2017 Lysicrates Prize WINNER on the night.

Other exciting things, that the word count will allow me to talk about, include the stellar batch of reviews Ross Mueller’s A Strategic Plan has nabbed already; I’m excited to introduce our first Griffin Up Late event later this month; and chookas** to the Griffin team who are down in Melbourne for The Homosexuals which opens at Malthouse next week!



Phil Spencer
Studio Artist

*But no thongs in the theatre!?! You’ve still got to wear closed shoes. Have some dignity people. I don’t want your big toe putting me off the opening monologue.

**It’s been years now, but at some point I’ll need a proper explanation of what chookas actually means. But for now, chookas it is.

10 February 11:11 am

Peter’s Vanilla Slice

Every couple of weeks the Griffin team is spoiled by the sublime baking talents of Peter O’Connell – our data guru & dessert extraordinaire. This week it was ‘Vanilla Slice à la Sao’, courtesy of this recipe by the CWA.Yummy!

2 February 2:46 pm

A Note from Phil, 2 February

At 9.15am this morning, on the train to work, I saw a proper grown-up business(y) woman sprint from the platform, throw herself through closing doors, hurry up the stairs and nestle down into a seat. Then, this proper grown-up woman, tore her handbag open and with a delirious, half-crazed look in her eyes, took a small blue tube of salt and vinegar Pringles*, popped the lid and absolutely obliterated the defenceless chips before slumping down against the window with a warm gleeful smile radiating across her face. And I slow clapped (inside).

And you know what, I understand how she feels, not because I love Pringles, but because I’ve got a huge grin on my face too for these particular reasons: tonight is opening night for Ross Mueller’s A Strategic Plan, which means you can still get a 4 Play Subscription for all the Main Season shows at Griffin this year (and it also means we get free gin** and tonics. Ah hem.); we’re about to showcase three brand new plays at the Lysicrates Prize with this great group of people; and The Homosexuals is flying down to Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, before it heads back to the Stables for what will be a electrifying season. Oh my, you really actually do not want to miss this one.

Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer
Studio Artist 

* Here at Griffin we’d like to thank the people at Pringles for their ongoing support of new Australian writing. Not the BBQ flavoured Pringles however, they taste like shame and cigarette butts.
** Supplied by our real life sponsors 4 Pillars Gin. Excellent humans that they are. 

2:09 pm

2017 Lysicrates Prize Cast & Creatives

Now in its third year, the Lysicrates Prize is a philanthropic initiative presented by 

The competition is only open to writers who’ve had three or more mainstage plays produced. In contrast to the Griffin Award, which is open to writers at every stage of their career, the Lysicrates Prize is intended to support established artists; recognising the significant challenges facing any writer, regardless of experience. The prize has attracted entries from some of the country’s most exciting and innovative writers.

 On 10 February The Lysicrates Foundation in association with Griffin and The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, will commission a brand new Australian play as decided upon by the audience present (each audience member is given one vote).

Here’s how it works: established writers from around the country were asked to submit one act of a new play, then we chose the best three to be staged on the day. This year’s selected scripts were written by Melissa Bubnic, Jennifer Compton, and Nick Coyle. We’re luck enough to have amazing talent presenting the work on the day, including:

Kim Hardwick
Ben Winspear
Gale Edwards 

Tina Bursill
Linda Cropper
Nikki Shiels
Gareth Davies
Belinda Giblin
Celia Ireland
Claire Lovering
Lynette Curran
Amanda Muggleton
Shari Sebbens

Charlie Davis

19 January 3:09 pm

A Note from Will, 19 January

This week a patron questioned the use of the phrase ‘Happy New Year’. It’s not so much the ‘New’ that she took issue with, it was just that after two weeks back in the office, the ‘Happy’ had started to wear off.

If you’re feeling the familiar yoke settle a little heavily this January then A Strategic Plan, previewing at Griffin next week, could be the relief you’ve been looking for. However bad your workplace, it couldn’t possibly compare with Staccato, the youth music organisation at the heart of Ross Mueller’s play. After just 75 minutes, you’re going to come away with a new sense of appreciation and respect for your devoted colleagues and dedicated board members. Meetings will flit past like butterflies and you’ll welcome your own acquittals, objectives and KPIs with open arms.*

Of course, if you need an immediate fix, then there’s just four shows left of Nosferatutu. The bloody brilliance of Tommy Bradson, Sheridan Harbridge and the unbridled terror of the accompanists, ushers and the Stage Manager has kept audiences enthralled, appalled and blood spattered (we’re very sorry) for the past two weeks. Don’t miss it!

Across town rehearsals have started for The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’, where Lee and Declan have taken on the challenge of a play which broaches critical issues of identity and sexuality, while simultaneously pulling the rug out from under our preconceptions and affectations. The Homosexuals will rehearse in Sydney for another four weeks before opening at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and then transferring back for a Sydney season from 17 March — although the cries of outrage, incredulity and laughter should reach us sometime before then. 

Frantic – yes. Nervous – a little. Happy – definitely.

Warm regards,

Will Harvey
Associate Producer

*Butterflies not guaranteed. But a deep and faintly malicious sense of satisfaction at another’s misfortune is almost as good.

A Strategic Plan in rehearsals. Opens 27 January.

13 January 11:16 am

Friday the 13th: Dress up and win

This Friday the 13th, we decided to turn the supposedly unluckiest day upside-down, and offer one punter a double pass to any 2017 Griffin Main Season production in the funnest way we could think of: a dress-up competition. Fags, blood, zombies or ghouls, it’s Halloween come early at the Stables and we want you to dress your most ominous. The prize will go to the spookiest costume

Book your tickets to Nosferatutu.

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