Griffin bar vollie and playwright extraordinaire, Emily Calder, tells us about her time at Griffin and her new play at the Old Fitz, Flightfall.

How did you become a Griffin volunteer?
I was at Sydney Uni and I saw an ad in Artshub. Being very poor and wanting to see lots of theatre, I immediately pounced on it. That was back in 2005.  It’s also a great way to meet people.

What has been your favourite moment volunteering?
There are too many good memories! Mainly it’s being able to talk to so many people from the industry – from the actors, to the directors to the writers. It’s so exciting to be able to do that. Also all the fun and frivolity of opening night! Being down in the foyer while the show is on and seeing the actors getting ready for their cue is great – it makes you feel like you are so involved in what is happening at Griffin.

What has been your favourite play?
There have been so many good plays but one that really sticks out in my mind is Nicki Bloom’s play Tender, I found it really haunting. I knew Nicki at uni but I also found the poetry of the play really beautiful and the story very affecting.

Tell us about you and your play.
It’s called Flightfall and is on at the Old Fitz. It’s a mystery, so I don’t want to give too much away, but basically it’s about an artist who has just met a powerful and seductive muse and he has something planned that she is not expecting….it’s about creativity, fidelity and passion.

I did the playwright studio at NIDA and I was approached by one of the NIDA directors, Mark Grentell, who also graduated that year who asked if I wanted to write about an idea of his. It was quite broad in scope so it was tricky initially, but we’ve been working on it for a few years and the result is Flightfall.

If you would like to volunteer at Griffin theatre Company, send your CV to [email protected].

We have 2 double passes to give away for Flightfall for any date in the season. Email [email protected] for your chance to win.

The Old Fitz
21 October – 13 Nov