24 February 2017
Join a hand-picked collection of nocturnal singers, joke-makers and storytellers at Griffin UP LATE, a post-show jam of music and chortles.
Stick around (or rock up) for 9.30pm on Friday 24 February, as following Ross Mueller’s piercing comedy A Strategic Plan, 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 line-up for our inaugural Griffin UP LATE session welcomes ramblin’ man Richard Cuthbert (The Green Mohair Suits), folk songstress Julia Johnson (Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens), comedy lady Sabrina D’Angelo (Why Do I Dream?) and talky talker Phil Spencer (Story Club).
Friday 24 February, 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Richard Cuthbert is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Sydney. He released two records on Sydney label Sin Scivvy, 2012’s ‘Adventure Bay Rock’, and ‘Winterlude’. Cuthbert has also recorded and performed under the band name Cuthbert and the Night Walkers. The band toured nationally, played a host of festivals, supported the likes of Peter, Bjorn and John, Kate Miller-Heidke, Old Man River, The John Steel Singers, Sparkadia, Jamie T, and released two albums on ABC Music. Cuthbert also plays and writes in Sydney country outfit Green Mohair Suits, psychedelic pop act Richard in Your Mind, and garage act The Knits. Richard’s latest solo album ‘Peach Plum’ was released in late 2016 by Broken Stone Records and includes the hit summer single ‘Swimming Pool’.
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
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. 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).
“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