29 March 2019
Your favourite Friday night variety hour is back and better than ever!
UP LATE features a hand-picked collection of nocturnal performers, music-makers and storytellers who take over Griffin to make some very entertaining noise until late (well, 10.30pm, so pretty early actually, but you get it).
Stick around (or rock up) for 9.30pm on Friday 29 March after Mary Rachel Brown‘s Dead Cat Bounce and bathe in a glorious line up featuring the dazzling musical talent of Elana Stone, enchanting songsmith Leroy Lee, comedy lady Sabrina D’Angelo, associate-at-large Phil Spencer and comedic wonder Oliver Twist.
Friday 29 March, 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Musician, songwriter, jazz vocalist, accordion player and one quarter of All Our Exes Live in Texas. Elana’s genre shape-shifting has led to collaborations with the likes of Passenger, Washington, Donny Benet, Urthboy, Hermitude, Tripod, Josh Pyke and Ngaiire among many others. Her unique and enchanting live performances have served to make her one of Australia’s most sought after vocalists. Since her previous band The Rescue Ships parted ways Elana has spent the better part of the last two years touring with her four-part lady folk band All Our Exes Live in Texas to sell-out crowds around Australia while continuing to write and perform as a solo artist.
Enchanting songsmith and guitarist Leroy Lee creates intimate and hypnotic, lamp-lit folk songs, drawing the listener into his unique world. From driving guitar riffs to intricate finger-picking melodies, Leroy is reminiscent of English folk legends like Nick Drake and Bert Jansch. Float along on his melodic tendrils, and be uplifted by his refreshing vocals. This is one performer guaranteed to leave you with a contemplative smile.
Sabrina is from Australia, which is a small island off the coast of New Zealand. She was born the world’s first puppet-human, or ‘pu-man’, and was operated by her mother via umbilical cord for the first few minutes of her life. Her more recent achievements include completing a Bachelor of Acting from Theatre Nepean (2006) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts (2008). She has also been a recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart (2011) and JUMP Mentoring (2013) grants. Sabrina works as a Clown Doctor in children’s hospitals across Sydney. Some of Sabrina’s recent performance credits include: Support for Amanda Palmer’s Sydney Festival season (2014), Why Do I Dream? (Various seasons, WINNER – BEST COMEDY at NZ Fringe 2014), Body Poet (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2013), and The Bedroom Philosopher’s High School Assembly (Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 2012).
Phil is a writer, performer and festival director. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sydney with his young family, where he makes comedy, theatre and stories for radio. His most recent theatre credits include: as Performer: for Adelaide Fringe: Destroyer of Worlds; as Writer/Performer: for Griffin Theatre Company: The Smallest Hour; for Battersea Arts Centre/The Arches Glasgow/Melbourne Fringe: Bluey; for Critical Stages/Lorne Arts Festival/Melbourne Fringe/Sydney Theatre Company Rough Draft Program: Hooting & Howling; for Giant Dwarf: No Standing. No Dancing.; for Sydney Fringe: Glorious Pomegranate; for Tin Shed Theatre Company: You And Whose Army? (Australian Tour); for Tin Shed Theatre Company/Old Fitz: Boxing Day. Phil’s piece for radio, All Lost in the Supermarket, was featured on ABC Radio’s Radiotonic, and at Sydney Writers Festival. Phil is Griffin Theatre Company’s Artistic Associate, Co-Festival Director for the annual Bondi Feast festival and is a regular guest on the Story Club Podcast.
Have you heard the story of Oliver Twist? Despite what popular opinion suggests, our Oliver was born in Rwanda. Due to genocide, in 1994, he and his family were forced to flee to Malawi, and by 2014 they had come to settle in good old Brisbane, mate. After discovering an untapped passion for hot chocolates and sushi – Brisbane is where you’ll find our protagonist today. Rather than be defined by a turbulent past, Oliver finds a catharsis through flexing his creative muscles in comedy, acting and poetry. He charismatically explores his immersion into fresh cultural and political climates, and regales his diverse and deeply personal experiences, with an expert humour and enviable deftness that will leave you wondering—how can I politely ask for more?