by Philip Ridley
27 September - 13 October 2007
“I love you so much I could burst into flames…”
Elliot and his brother Darren are a new breed of party planner. In a lawless, apocalyptic London, they survive by orchestrating the decadent fantasies of their rich and powerful clients. The story begins when a last-minute change of plan leads to a race against the fading daylight for the brothers to prepare their latest party piece in time.
What follows is a richly poetic yet ferocious series of events as conscience and memory are overpowered by the survival instinct. Compassion-fatigue and self-preservation battle it out with friendship and familial love in this powerful and visceral piece of theatre.
From British playwright Philip Ridley (Pitchfork Disney, The Fastest Clock in the Universe) comes a morality tale for our time, set in a world of desperation, desensitised souls and hallucinatory butterflies that dares to push the boundaries of what people will do to save the ones they love. Mercury Fur is, at its heart, a play about the families we create when our own are ripped from us. “It is,” says Ridley, “a play about love. The things that happen in Mercury Fur are not gratuitous. They are heartbreaking”.
Preview 26 September
Season 27 September – 13 October
Director Ben Packer
Designer Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingil
Sound Designer Kelly Ryall
Producer Erin Thomas
With Luke Mullins, Xavier Samuel, Aaron Orzech, Russ Pirie, Gareth Ellis, Fiona Macys & Paul Ashcroft
A little death production and Griffin Stablemates premiere
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod St Kings Cross
Over on the Griffin blog, we hear from #thesmallesthour director Scarlet McGlynn, as she shares her love for new work, explains her collaborative process and gives a glimpse into what audience's can expect from this heartwarming new play. Have a read: https://t.co/SS1BwUqY0P
We're hiring! Griffin is looking for an Associate Producer - Development to join our team. For info & to apply head to our website: https://t.co/HvzVDTn6IU
Submissions are now open for the 2019 Lysicrates Prize!! If you're an established playwright working on something new, we want to hear from you! Entries close 5pm, Friday 4 January. Find out everything you need to know here: https://t.co/N1R1fMmVOT
CONGRATULATIONS to Griffin subscriber Pat Cahill, our Super Big Win prize winner! Pat has scored a fab collection of goodies including a night at QT Sydney, dinner at ACME, tix to the MCA & Sydney Dance Co, a 2-Year Palace Cinema membership & a bottle of Four Pillars gin! Woohoo!
"The initial idea was a show set in total darkness. And it featured a rabbit. The rabbit didn’t make the cut." On the Griffin blog, the hilarious @SusieYoussef answers 5 questions around two-hander #thesmallesthour - arriving at the Stables next month! https://t.co/uhBPkbcT6z