A free reading of Peter Kenna’s play 'A Hard God'.


As part of celebrating 50 Years of the Stables, Griffin is presenting a series of rehearsed play readings across 2020 of seminal works from the Stables’ canon. These readings are hosted by theatre aficionado John McCallum, former Griffin Script Club captain and theatre reviewer for The Australian.

The first play reading for the year is Peter Kenna’s A Hard God.

Introducing the Irish-Australian Cassidy family: two brothers converge in the home of the third, bringing their grief, dismay, poetry and humour into the family home that has survived great hardship. While Dan, the rock of the family, supports his brothers with humility, and his wife Aggie is feisty in defence of her husband’s health, their son Joe finds himself in a summer romance with his best friend Jack.

Side by side, the teenage love story and the struggles of older generation in A Hard God show us ordinary Australians struggling to reconcile love and loss with faith and conscience.

Cast & Creatives

Director Michael Gow
With Simon Burke, Jeanette Cronin, Jack Crumlin, Noel Hodda, Sacha Horler, Travis Jeffery, Steve Rodgers

Performance Times

Sunday 9 February 2020, 5pm

Run Time
Approximately 80 minutes plus a 20-minute post-reading Q&A with John McCallum and creatives involved in the reading.

This event is free, but registration is essential.

Original Company

A Hard God was first produced at the SBW Stables Theatre (then the Nimrod Street Theatre) in 1973. The original company included:

Director John Bell
Designer Larry Eastwood
Cast Gloria Dawn, Gerry Duggan, Kay Eklund, Frank Gallacher, Graham Rouse, Andrew Sharp, Tony Sheldon

Supported By

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.