11 October 2019
Ready to stay up late with your favourite Grif-faces?
Griffin UP LATE is back this spring, bringing you the finest 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 after Hilary Bell’s Splinter, or rock up for 9.30pm on Friday 11 October to catch the best variety hour in town! This time around you can catch funny friends Maeve Marsden & Libby Wood, comedian Bec Melrose, musical comedian Mel O’Brien, folk songstress Estelle Conley and none other than Phil Spencer on the Stables stage.
Buy yourself a ticket, grab yourself a Four Pillars gin, and settle in for an evening of guffaws and good times.
Friday 11 October, 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Maeve Marsden & Libby Wood
Maeve Marsden & Libby Wood have been creative collaborators for nine years, first as part of award-winning cabaret troupe Lady Sings it Better, in the last three years touring with the critically acclaimed sell-out hit they wrote and perform in, Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin, and more recently with their newest production Fat Musicals: A Body of Work. The pair has built a following for their politically-fuelled style, excellent comedy chops and perfectly matched voices, their harmonies on point in a range of genres. With backgrounds in musical theatre and comedy, their performances are never pure entertainment, always bringing a critical eye to the world around them, but with a welcoming, warm-hearted, playful approach.
Bec is a comedian and writer from Sydney. After taking out RAW Comedy in 2018, Bec went on to perform in So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe and was selected to appear in Comedy Zone at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Bec has written for Tonightly with Tom Ballard and has featured on Comedy Bites, Audible’s Comedy Up Late and opened for Wil Anderson. Bec trained at Improv Theatre Sydney and performs with improv troupe Post-Its and Cleo & The Kweens.
Perth-born, Sydney-based singer/songwriter Estelle Conley performs folk-style music reminiscent of some of her heroines—Joni Mitchell, Patti Griffin and Eva Cassidy, to name a few. Estelle sings about family, friends, life and love, and has performed at venues across Sydney including Carriageworks, Sydney Town Hall, Cake Wines, The Vic, the little guy, The Record Crate, Succulent Sessions and more. On her single ‘Thief’, Triple J’s Nkechi Anele says, “the music so delicately holds your hand as you travel on a journey through hurt and sadness to the other side.” Her music is sure to soothe the most savage of beasts with its sweet sweet tones and melodic riffs—a bit like yoga for the ears.
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.