"Debra Oswald wants to talk."


Griffin’s season of Is There Something Wrong With That Lady? is currently sold out. A very limited number of tickets may become available throughout the season if there are cancellations—if you’d like to try your luck at nabbing a ticket, you can add yourself to our waitlist by emailing the Griffin Box Office with your name and phone number.

As a lapsed playwright, creator of the Offspring TV series, former Junior Champion Hypochondriac and a floundering novelist, what should Debra Oswald‘s next move be? And what motivates people to write or create more ‘stuff’ anyway? Shame? Fear of death? The hope of more sexual offers?

For now, Debra plans to seize control of the Griffin stage: the exact location she fell in love with theatre, aged 11, and the place her plays Mr Bailey’s Minder and The Peach Season came to life.

In a funny and excruciatingly honest one-woman show, Debra tells stories about her neurotic childhood, clumsy romantic history, and the anxieties and joys of the writer’s life—all in the hope that the audience can help her work out that ever-important question: what comes next? And having waited for this show to be staged since its original 2020 season… it’s kind of urgent.

Want to go deeper? View the online program

Cast & Creatives

Director Lee Lewis
Associate Director Nell Ranney
Lighting Designer
Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer Jessica Dunn
Stage Manager Madelaine Osborn
With Debra Oswald

Performance Times

Opening Night 13 April
Season 14 – 24 April

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 1pm & 7pm
Additional Matinees 15 & 21 April 1pm

Run Time
80 minutes no interval

Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to us, grab a drink, and get settled.

All $40


2021 Subscription

Full $35
Three Pack (Special Events & Griffin Lookout) $99

We’re now accepting Dine & Discover vouchers. Please see below how you can save money when booking in for upcoming performances.

Dine & Discover Vouchers

How to use your Dine & Discover voucher for Is There Something Wrong With That Lady?

To use your voucher for Debra Oswald‘s show at Griffin, call or email our friendly box office team with the below information on hand:

  • Your 9-digit character code (which can be found just under the QR code of your voucher).
  • Your card details to pay the remainder of the ticket price.
  • The performance details for the show you’d like to book into.

Please note that only one voucher can be use per transaction.


“It’s always amusing, often moving and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny in its excruciating honesty.” Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald

“Oswald is a storyteller of the purest kind.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

 “Oswald’s commentary on the short shelf life of playwrights in Australia, and the historical skerrick of opportunities for female ones, is frank and bracing.” Kate Prendergast, Limelight Magazine

“It’s impossible not to be struck by her garrulous charm and her entertaining anecdotes. Director Lee Lewis governs the pace expertly for the show’s 70-something minutes.” Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

“We love Oswald for baring her heart with such laughter.” Martin Portus, Stage Whispers

“For reasons of art and craft, heart and honesty, ‘Is There Something Wrong with That Lady?’ is as poignant and moving as it is wicked and wickedly funny.” Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise with Diana Simmonds

“Someone in the audience behind me commented at the end of the show, “she’s saying everything that needs to be said that others are afraid to talk about”.” Rosie Niven, Theatre Travels

“It was Oswald’s dogged attitude, her penchant for laughter, that made the performance endlessly enjoyable. Oswald is clearly a very skilled writer and her ability to capture an audience with a great story well-told was on full display in this script.” Julia Clark, Night Writes

Blog Posts

5 Questions with Debra Oswald


Debra Oswald is one of Australia’s most beloved storytellers. She’s the brains behind some of your favourite TV shows, plays and books—do Offspring, Dags, or Mr Bailey’s Minder ring a bell to you? Griffin is majorly excited to be premiering Debra’s very...

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