A Note from Julia, 23 March


Dear Grif-friend,

It’s Julia here—I am the Production Manager of the national Prima Facie tour this year, and have been loving my time here at Griffin Theatre Company. On a day-to-day basis, you can find me wrangling all the puzzle pieces that go into the ‘behind the scenes’ of a show—from contracting crew, to sourcing costumes and props, to making sure production week runs smoothly and efficiently. I get a real kick out of making everything backstage happen like clockwork so you, the audience, don’t notice my work!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working closely with stage manager Katie Hankin on assisting with the delivery of Prima Facie’s latest season down at Melbourne Theatre Company, and the show has had a sold-out dream run. Being from Melbourne myself, it’s been gratifying to finally give my fellow hometowners a taste of the show that’s taken the world by storm! Prima Facie enjoys its closing night at Melbourne Theatre Company this Saturday evening (just like Sex Magick up here at the SBW Stables Theatre). Then it’s off to Geelong and round the country—we’re hitting the road, baby! If you’re in Hobart, Devonport, Warrnambool, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, Wodonga or Toowoomba then you’re in for an absolute treat, because Prima Facie is coming to you! Some performances are sold out, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag a ticket to see the incredible Sheridan Harbridge in action.

I’d tell you to book your final tickets to Sex Magick, but the show is totally sold out! A massive congrats to the cast and creatives behind this mammoth show. It has been a beautiful, crazy ride of a premiere and all of us at Griffin will be nostalgic for it when the cast take their final bows this Saturday evening. Well done all! (P.S. if you’d like to try your luck, you can always join the ever-growing waitlist for the show by calling or emailing the Griffin Box Office).

The fun never stops in Griffin’s production department, with UFO by Kirby Medway & Solomon Thomas on the slate next at our beloved theatre on the hill. This show is totally different to both Prima Facie and Sex Magick—it sees a 1:8 miniature version of a golf course built in the middle of our kite-shaped stage, with performers operating cameras fixed upon tiny models of themselves to create a live cinema experience for audiences! Never seen anything like it? Me neither! Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this one, and it’s a limited run of just two weeks, so I highly recommend that you grab your tickets for UFO now.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of things landing on my desk right now at Griffin. See you in a foyer soon! 

Thanks for reading.


Julia Orlando
Production Manager – Prima Facie