"No matter what was going on in my life, if I just sat with my grandmother, just sat next to her, I felt instant calm, instant safety."


In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out on the Strathnavar, leaving poverty and the war behind. Her destination: Australia. In Surry Hills, she could build a bright new life.

Back in Malta, someone else has made a journey. Making his way along Kalkara’s glistening harbourside, a young man with flowing black hair has returned to claim his past. Paul Capsis is walking home.

Paul Capsis’ evocative and beautifully staged piece of autobiographical theatre was the smash hit of 2010. Now we welcome Paul and Angela’s Kitchen back to the Stables before heading off on a national tour. So if you missed it the first time or simply want to see it all again, this is your chance to join the hordes of people who fell in love with Angela and her family in 2010.

Winner Best Male Actor in a Play, Helpmann Awards 2012

Cast & Creatives

Director Julian Meyrick
Associate Writer Hilary Bell
Designer Louise McCarthy
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer/Sound Designer Alister Spence
Audio-Visual Designer Steve Toulmin
With Paul Capsis


Performance Times

Preview 15 & 16 May
Season 18 May – 9 June

Club Griffin 29 May

Subscriber Briefing post-show 22 May

Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm

The show runs for 1 hour 20 mins without an interval.




‘It’s a deeply felt tribute to Angela’s fortitude in particular – and by extension, to all those who take special care of us as children and profoundly affect the people we become.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

‘At the end he shares his most precious memories with the audience, many of whom were holding back tears. Deeply affecting theatre’. Sun Herald

‘Griffin Theatre’s Angela’s Kitchen is a beautifully simple migration – and – return story, told superbly by Paul Capsis…’ The Australian

‘Capsis speaks directly to us, from the heart, with warts-and-all honestly. It’s a measure of his skill as a storyteller that I wanted to know more.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘When Capsis delivers his one-man show it is with raw emotion.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Angela’s Kitchen is Capsis’s ode to a woman he loved very much; it is the performer opening the door to his past, and inviting all of us in.’ Time Out 

‘Delightful evenings like Angela’s Kitchen are a reminder of just how powerful, engaging and charming theatre at its simplest storytelling levels can be.’ Stage Whispers

‘Paul Capsis should wear a cape, to forewarn of his superhuman talents’. Curtain Call

‘One by one, you meet the residents of pre-posh Surry Hills – grumpy granddad, squinty-eyed chain smoking aunty, lugubrious bingo caller, lemon-lipped ladies and all. It’s a delight’ Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

‘There’s something in here for everyone to appreciate, but Angela’s Kitchen will most deeply resonate with people who have known the pull of their motherlands and forged transnational identities.’ Concrete Playground

‘It is a movingly written, brilliantly performed expression of a man’s love and respect for his emotional and physical origins.’ Artshub.


See Paul Capsis talking about Angela’s Kitchen on ABC Radio National.
Part One
Part Two

‘From Malta, With Love’
Paul talks to the Sydney Morning Herald

Blog Posts

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