“To be honest mate, I wasn’t sure what to expect. You know, for all I know, you could have come to the door stark naked. Stark naked and with a meat axe.”


Two actors researching a theatre project befriend a seemingly quiet and ordinary man named Adam. In reality, Adam’s unexceptional existence is carefully calibrated – a precarious sideways tightrope-walk over his mental illness. Now, Adam’s new friends are at risk of throwing his life dangerously off balance. And there’s every chance they’ll go down with him.

Music offers a sharp critique of the way mental illness is perceived today and examines the dangerous consequences of raiding people’s personal lives in the name of art. A surprising and surprisingly funny story of people connecting and colliding, as two actors blunder their way into Adam’s life, causing untold damage to him as a result.

Having delighted Griffin audiences with This Year’s Ashes in 2011, the world premiere of Music marks the return to Griffin of playwright Jane Bodie.

Stories Like These and Griffin Independent present this world premiere.

Cast & Creatives

Director Corey McMahon
Designer Pip Runciman
Lighting Designers Verity Hampson & Benjamin Brockman
Composer and Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Angharad Lindley
With Anthony Gee, Sam O’Sullivan, Kate Skinner and Tom Stokes

Performance Times

Previews 2 and 3 April
Season 5 – 26 April

Performance Times
Monday – Saturday 7pm
Saturday 26 April 2pm and 7pm

Run Time
90 minutes, no interval


“Gee reaches deep in a portrayal that is generous in its detail and exciting to watch unfold….He has us sharing in Adam’s excitement and dreading the crash we know is coming.” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

“Yet it is Gee, as Adam, who provides the emotional and dramatic centre of the show, rarely leaving the stage and always changing it.” ★★★★ TimeOut Sydney

“The result is a tender, funny work that engages emotions from the start. Highly recommended.” The Daily Telegraph

“It’s a devastating portrait of confusion, pain and lost identity….Gee is terrific as the hapless Adam.” Frank Hatherley, Stage Whispers

“Bodie’s writing… truly shines here, sparkling humbly, as it does, with great warmth and humanity.” Matthew Clayfield, Australian Stage

“Ms Bodie… has the wicked gift of being all: brutal, insightful and bitingly funny, step after step.” Kevin Jackson, Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary

“[Rust and Bone] is another starkly moving play in the Stories Like These series… superbly executed piece of theatre” Alexandra Hayden, Time Out Sydney

Blog Posts



In the first of our series from inside the Music rehearsal room, playwright Jane Bodie talks about writing Music and her family’s experience with mental illness. I began writing Music some years ago, the idea arrived and began to knock loudly, when two...

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Actor Kate Skinner navigates us through the first weeks of Music rehearsals; revealing the wonder, joy and jitters as the cast starts to make the play their own. It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of our 2nd week...

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