Kick off the weekend with songs and silliness.


Join a hand-picked collection of singers, joke-makers and storytellers at Griffin UP LATE, a post-show jam of music and chortles.

Stick around after Nick Coyle‘s The Feather in the Web or sashay up to the Stables for a 9.45pm kickoff on Friday 2 November, as we’ll be keeping the lights on and making some (very entertaining) noise until late. Well, until about 11pm. So pretty early actually…but you get it.

Our November session welcomes funnyman Nick Coyle (The Feather in the Web, Hammerhead (is dead)), flower-crowned crooner Goldheist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Declan Kelly, writer-comedian Julia Rorke and everyone’s favourite story-spinner Phil Spencer (Story Club).

It’s the perfect way to welcome in the weekend.

Performance Times

Friday 2 November, 9.45pm – 11pm

Line Up

Nick Coyle

Nick Coyle is a writer, illustrator and theatre maker. His theatre credits include, as Playwright: for Griffin: Hammerhead (is dead); for Critical Stages/TRS: Uh Oh Tony!; for Sydney Theatre Company: Kittenbone Bridge; for TRS: Rommy; and internationally: for New York Fringe: The October Sapphire. Nick’s solo shows, Blue Wizard (for Belvoir), Double Tribute, Guided Meditation, Me Pregnant!, and Queen of Wolves have been staged in Sydney, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greece, London, Oslo and New York. His radio credits include: as Writer: for FBi Radio: Batfeet. Nick also created and co-hosted the show Versus on FBi Radio. Nick was awarded Best On Stage in the 2013 and 2014 Sydney, Music and Culture Awards; and the Brisbane Powerhouse Outstanding Comedy Award at the 2011 Melbourne Fringe.


Visually and sonically arresting, singer songwriter GOLDHEIST (aka Hester Fraser) has been likened to Kate Bush, Florence & The Machine and Ellie Goulding, bringing her songs and stories to stages across regional and metropolitan Australia. Educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she toured NSW in 2014 with her debut release Dust, raising funds and awareness for drought in rural areas. This was her first tour under the moniker GOLDHEIST, leading to further drought relief performances through Centacare New England North West, followed by appearances at the Quirindi Music Festival, RAW Visionary Melbourne, and a mini-tour to Byron Bay and Murwillumbah. Following the death of her grandfather, the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, she wrote and released The Camellia Tree, a musical tribute to his life and legacy. The subsequent media campaign, widespread radio play, and performance on The Morning Show helped to raise funds and awareness for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This is an ongoing project to which GOLDHEIST lends her voice and her art, contributing to the call for changes to Australia’s controversial policies towards displaced peoples seeking asylum. Charming audiences as a Finalist for three years running in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, she was Winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award in 2016, and 2nd Place Winner of the Judges Choice in 2017. In 2017 she released her new concept album REALM with a sold out concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Declan Kelly

Declan Kelly is was born in Sydney to an Irish father and Maori mother and was exposed to music and instruments from an early age. He grew up in Balmain, where he met Alex Lloyd and other musicians to form his first band The Beefs. After graduating high school Kelly was headhunted by rhythm and blues band The Bondi Cigars and began touring religiously, honing his craft as a musician and then a songwriter. He released his debut album Tales from the Neighbourhood in 2005 and his live show was picked up by many festivals throughout Australia, where his love of roots reggae and Polynesian harmony won many admirers. His second album Adrift saw Kelly’s writing mature, and the songs Far and Away and Hold the Light were featured in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake series. The latest production from Declan is a collaborative album called Diesel n’Dub, a collection of reggae and dub versions of Midnight Oil songs featuring the likes of Katie Noonan, Alex Lloyd, Emma Donovan and Radical Son. Proceeds go to the Indigenous Literary Foundation. Declan continues to write and is in the process of pre-production for his next album.

Julia Rorke

Julia is an award-nominated comedian, actress and writer. Her first solo show Don’t Be A C*** This Is How toured Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her most recent show Not Another F**ked B*tch In India was nominated for emerging artist in comedy at Adelaide Fringe and The Golden Gibbo at Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her rough az gutz web series Fake Nation that she wrote, produced and starred in is on Facebook now, watch it if you wanna cry or be turned on. Her other web series Loose Bitch (2018) which she wrote, produced and starred in is actually available for all to see on vimeo rn this very second she just hasn’t told anyone it’s there yet. Her monologue Victoria’s Secret Angel Virgin/Bakerz Delight developed through the Fresh Ink National Studio was published this year by Currency Press. Her #acting has led her to work with companies such as Red Line Productions/Old Fitz, New Theatre, Old 505, 107 Projects and ATYP. Her big screen comedy performances include On The Fringe, Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following and Anti-Adult.

Phil Spencer

Phil is a writer & performer. Originally from the UK, he grew up in semi-rural South Oxfordshire (the rough bit) and spent many years living and working in the city of Glasgow (the posh bit). He now lives in Sydney where he makes comedy, theatre and stories for radio. Phil is the 2017 Studio Artist at Griffin. 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). Next month, Phil will be sharing the Stables stage with writer-comedian Susie Youssef in their new show The Smallest Hour (5-15 December).

“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

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