10 November 2017
Join a hand-picked collection of nocturnal performers, joke-makers and storytellers at our next Griffin UP LATE – our last for the year.
Stick around (or rock up) for 9.30pm on Friday 10 November, as following Merciless Gods we’ll be keeping the lights on and making some (very entertaining) noise until late (well, 10.30pm, so pretty early actually, but you get it).
The awesome line-up includes folk songstress Julia Johnson (Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens), comedians Cassie Workman and David Cunningham, ‘obscene beauty queen & sex clown’ Betty Grumble, and talky talker Phil Spencer (Story Club).
Friday 10 November, 9.30pm – 10.30pm
David Cunningham is a Sydney comedian completing a history PhD on 18th century naval officers who were also members of parliament. He was the runner up in the Raw National Stand-up Comedy Competition in 2008, and occasionally can be found doing stand-up around Sydney until it gets too much for his knees. Sitting down, he’s a regular performer at Giant Dwarf’s Storyclub, and lovingly tends royaldayout.tumblr.com, where members of the royal family are fondly miscaptioned.
Cassie Workman is probably the most experienced newcomer to comedy in the country, owing to the fact that she previously performed under another name. Earlier in 2017, she came out as transgender, and began transitioning. After a brief absence from the stage she is now back and kicking ass. Recently Cassie has focused on writing, as a freelancer on John Conway Tonight (ABC2) and as head writer on the (as yet) unreleased Aaron Chen Tonight for ABC2. Known for her heartfelt and emotive storytelling, her incisive wit, and brutal deconstructions of the status quo, there is no other voice like hers in comedy today.
Self-described as an “Obscene Beauty Queen / Surreal Showgurl / Sex Clown,” Betty Grumble is bringing her seminal vibrations and shamanic striptease to the Stables for the very first time, and we’re a little bit excited. Get ready for a feminist cabaret of deep disco dissent and ecosexual adventure. It’s going to be wild.
“Grotesque and gorgeous…Part theatre, part comedy, part dance, part sordid burlesque and a whole lot of social commentary.” – Great Scott ★★★★★
“Shatters the barriers of conventional cabaret… A true virtuoso.” – Broadway Baby ★★★★
Phil is the 2017 Studio Artist at Griffin. He makes comedy, theatre and stories for radio. He was the recipient of Peggy Ramsey Foundation Award for Writers and has been shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Playwright Award not once, not twice, but thrice (but still hasn’t won it – he’s pretty sure it’s rigged). Phil has performed in lounge rooms across Sydney, arts festivals across Australia and in shitty rooms above pubs the world over. His most recent show credits include: Hooting & Howling (NSW Tour, Lorne Arts Festival, Sydney Theatre Company Rough Draft) Glorious Pomegranate (Sydney Fringe), All Lost in the Supermarket (Sydney Writers Festival), Destroyer of Worlds by Caleb Lewis (Adelaide Fringe), You And Whose Army? (UK tour).
“Spencer’s charm and winning on-stage charisma is simply delightful” – ✮✮✮✮ The Brag
“Phil Spencer, the Dave Allen of modern storytelling, sans the scotch and half finger” – ABC 702
Julia Johnson has lugged her banjo all over Australia, from tiny lounge room concerts to the main stage of Groovin the Moo, from Byron Bay to Nannup. Through her songs she tries to show the unique moments in the every day, where tragedy, love and joy are magnified. Her single ‘Little Surprises’ earned her a mentorship with Wally de Backer (Gotye) and Adalita (Magic Dirt) through Triple J Unearthed. The national attention for her album ‘Family Pets’ has led her to share the stage with iconic Australian artists including Courtney Barnett, Tim Rogers (You Am I), Pete Murray and Jen Cloher.
“The melodies and Julia’s voice just radiate” – Dom Alessio, Triple J
“Johnson’s voice mirrors the slow but treacherous currents of a mountain river” – The Canberra Times