“I burned so many hell notes for her in the last few days. She will have enough money for three lifetimes.”


Due to Griffin’s temporary closure in 2021, Golden Blood by Merlynn Tong is now taking place in our 2022 Season. Learn more about the 2022 production of Golden Blood.

The Griffs

When her mother dies an orphaned girl is left alone in Singapore, in a home that is now terrifyingly empty. To make matters worse, she’s now in the care of her estranged brother—her new legal guardian—and he’s not exactly up to the gig. For one, he’s only a few years older than her. And two, he’s a gangster. Like, an actual one.

The future he sees for their atypical family-of-two is lined with gold. And Chanel. And Miu Miu. And Balenciaga. But his new dependent is less sure about this. What is the trade-off for living in this kind of luxury? What should be kept in this world, and what should be offered to the next? As it turns out, their late mother has some strong opinions on the matter.

Merlynn Tong is an unstoppable acting-writing polymath and she’ll be starring in her own play directed by Griffin’s Associate Artistic Director Tessa Leong, Golden Blood will be presented in a unique partnership with our friends at Melbourne Theatre Company.

Cast & Creatives

Director Tessa Leong
With Merlynn Tong

Performance Times

Preview 12 – 16 November
Opening Nights 17 & 18 November
Season 19 November – 18 December

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

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 23 November

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 14 December

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.


2021 Subscription

5 Play 4 Play 3 Play
Full $255 Full $216 Full $168
Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $172 Senior, Preview $138
Concession $190 Concession $160 Concession $126
Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140 Under 35 $108
5 Play 
Full $255
Senior, Preview $205
Concession $205
Under 35 $170
4 Play 
Full $216
Senior, Preview $172
Concession $160
Under 35 $140
3 Play
Full $168
Senior, Preview $138
Concession $126
Under 35 $108
2 Play
Full $116
Senior, Preview $96
Concession $88
Under 35 $70
2 Play 
Full $116
Senior, Preview $96
Concession $88
Under 35 $70
Supported By

Commissioned through Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, supported by MTC’s Playwrights Giving Circle.