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.

Tomorrow I am heading up to Darwin to see the production of Mary Anne Butler‘s play Broken at Browns Mart Theatre. Broken was shortlisted for last year’s Griffin Award and as we are reading through this year’s award entries it is really exciting to see these plays becoming productions around the country. So to all the Griffin friends in the Territory… I’ll see you at the Ski Club for sunset!

Love Lee