A Post Show Jam of Music and Chortles


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 the glorious line up of the side-splittingly hilarious Penny Greenhalgh, enchanting songsmith Leroy Lee, associate-at-large Phil Spencer and comedic wonder Oliver Twist.

Performance Times

Friday 29 March, 9.30pm – 10.30pm

Line Up

Penny Greenhalgh

Penny Greenhalgh is an award winning comedian, actor and director. She was an actor and director on ABC’s The Checkout, a writer and performer on 2018’s Tonightly, and wrote, produced and performed in the iView sketch comedy series The Lost Tapes as part of Fresh Blood 2017. Penny’s debut solo show, Pop Pop, won the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015 and toured to sold-out crowds at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival of that year.  Television credits include Hungry Beast, Wednesday Night Fever, The Hamster Decides, The Gruen Transfer and Aaron Chen Tonight.

“…an unstoppable force of physical comic nature.” ★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser

Leroy Lee

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.

Phil Spencer

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.

Oliver Twist

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?