As the end of the financial year approaches, I’d like to ask you to consider supporting Griffin in 2018. With your help, we can continue to give audiences the most intimate, intense and exciting theatre experiences in the country.
Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought four vibrant Australian plays to the stage: the winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Michele Lee’s Rice; the Australian classic, Katherine Thomson’s Diving for Pearls; the extraordinary Kill Climate Deniers, by David Finnigan; and the devastating Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. by Brooke Robinson. We’ve even mounted a tour of Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree, some three years after its premiere at The SBW Stables—a play that might never have been produced without the support of our Production Partners.
Chances are you’ve also connected with us through one of our other programs. Batch Festival featured 53 Artists across 16 shows. Griffin Up Late has introduced 27 singers, songwriters and storytellers to the Stables. Our artistic development programs have seen 13 writers supported to work on their plays. With the Lysicrates Foundation, we launched a playwriting prize to celebrate writing for children—as well as continuing to produce The Lysicrates Prize and the Griffin Award (which received an incredible 116 entries).
Throughout the year, we’ve continued to do what we do best: welcome new voices and new talents into the industry and provide a safe, supportive platform to develop their skills, while at the same time collaborating with some of the best creative practitioners in the country.
By now, I hope you’ve seen our videos: a lighthearted look at what it would mean to be unable to resource our productions fully. (A big thanks to Katherine, Phil and Van for letting us revisit their beautiful plays). And it’s true; we couldn’t stage any of the plays you’ve enjoyed over the past year without our supporters.
But with your help, we can continue to build the future of Australian storytelling through Griffin, the only theatre company in the country dedicated to new Australian writing. We’d love you to put your trust in us—and just see how far we can go!
Thank you for your belief in Griffin. I look forward to seeing you in the Stables soon.