As a new writing theatre, we program a wide range of stories that reflect our time, place and the unique voice of contemporary Australia. It takes a lot of courage to support untried and untested work, plays that can be raw, honest and unflinching. However in saying so, we need to acknowledge that some productions—however remarkable and poignant—will never attract corporate support.
To ensure that these stories continue to be told, Griffin seeks private production support for one play a year. A play that stands out in terms of its ability to articulate a new and powerful vision, that brings strength, insight and candour to the stage.
The program was launched in 2015 in support the world premiere of Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree (pictured). In 2018, the program helped to bring David Finnigan’s Kill Climate Deniers to the Stables stage. In 2019, Griffin Production Partners helped Suzie Miller’s Griffin Award-winning play Prima Facie get from page to stage. And in 2020, we’re inviting you to help us produce Matthew Whittet’s Kindness.
All of the stories told on the Griffin stage are unique, entertaining and thought-provoking. The Production Partner program is for people who also believe in giving voice to the stories that might not have mainstream appeal, but are all the more important because of it.
Donor Gil Appleton says of her experience supporting The Bleeding Tree:
“It took just one reading to convince me to support The Bleeding Tree. My decision was totally justified. It was great getting to know all the creatives and watching rehearsals as the production evolved. It was theatre-making from a new perspective (for me), and seeing the brilliant final result on several occasions – including first and last performances – made me very proud to have been involved with this thrilling, confronting, beautiful play.”
Partners contribute $5,000 or more (individually or as part of a group)—they then attend rehearsal room events, opening night with family and friends, and have the unique privilege of helping shape the future of Australian theatre.
To make a donation, or to discuss the program, please contact Frankie Greene at [email protected] or 02 8960 7799. All donations are fully tax deductible.