Black comedy. Motherhood. Witty.

About

Coming home from her sister’s funeral, Grace decides that at 87 years old… her time has come. She’s done with it all. She’s ready to leave the party.

Her daughter, Dorothy, decides her mum is just depressed. She makes it her mission to show Grace the beauty of living. But Dorothy is divorced. Stuck in a dead-end job. Estranged from her own daughter, Suzie, who lives halfway across the world. Soon, Dorothy starts to worry that her mum might have the right idea.

Pushing up daisies. Kicking the bucket. Ghosting the Party. The euphemisms are endless. For a phenomenon so certain and all-encompassing, humans are terribly good at looking for ways to avoid talking about death. It’s easy to forget that the concept of ‘checking out’ can be complex, contradictory—funny, even. Especially when an old lady with a bone-dry wit is involved.

Three generations of women face brutal questions of mortality in this uproarious pitch-black comedy from Melissa Bubnic, internationally-renowned writer of Boys Will Be Boys and Beached, with Griffin’s Associate Artist Andrea James in the director’s chair—hand on heart and tongue in cheek. Painted with poetry, unflinching honesty and an almost absurd amount of biting one-liners, confronting death has never been this (gravely) funny.

Winner of The Lysicrates Prize


From Declan
‘This is probably the funniest comedy about assisted dying anyone could dare to wish for. The first time I read Ghosting the Party I laughed and gasped and laugh-gasped on every page. It’s been a while between drinks for Griffin and Melissa—Beached was staged in 2013—so we’re thrilled to have her back.’

Cast & Creatives

Director Andrea James
Designer Isabel Hudson
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
With Belinda Giblin

Performance Times

Preview 6 – 10 May
Opening Nights 11 & 12 May
Season 13 May – 4 June

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 17 May

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 24 May

Latecomers
Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.

Pricing

2022 Season Subscription Pricing

6 Play 5 Play 4 Play
Full $288 Full $255 Full $216
Senior, Preview $240 Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $176
Concession $210 Concession $185 Concession $156
Under 35 $192 Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140
3 Play 2 Play Griffin Lookout
Full $168 Full $116 Single $35
Senior, Preview $138 Senior, Preview $98 2-pack $64
Concession $123 Concession $86 Concession
Under 35 $108 Under 35 $74 Under 35
Dine & Discover

How to use your Dine & Discover voucher:

To use your voucher at Griffin, call our friendly Box Office team with the below information on hand:

  • Your 9-digit character code (which can be found just under the QR code of your voucher).
  • Your card details to pay the remainder of the ticket price.
  • The performance details for the show you’d like to book into.

Please note that only one voucher can be use per transaction. Your vouchers are valid until 30 June 2022. Please visit the Service NSW website for further information.