By Louis Nowra
9 February - 21 April 2024
When times are tough and you’re a teenager with an overactive imagination, extraterrestrial life forms don’t seem all that absurd.
It’s 1962, and Lewis is an average fourteen-year-old on the outskirts of working-class Melbourne. In the blistering heat of summer he forages for shell casings at the rifle range, sneaks into sci-fi double features, and tries to understand how the hell you talk to girls.
Then, lights start flashing in the night sky. The adults start acting weird. And strangers arrive from distant lands.
Set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis, Summer of the Aliens is a sun-soaked coming-of-age classic all about class, closed doors and global catastrophes of galactic proportions.
With an ensemble of eight of Sydney’s favourite actors including the great Paul Capsis (Angela’s Kitchen), Griffin’s Artistic Director Declan Greene stages three of Louis Nowra’s most iconic plays like you’ve never seen them before—bursting the seams of the SBW Stables Theatre with love, loss and glorious Australiana. Choose to watch all three plays on separate days or enjoy a magical full-day weekend experience—The Lewis Trilogy is a special event of epic proportions that is not to be missed.
Director Declan Greene
Associate Director Daley Rangi
Set Designer Jeremy Allen
Costume Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee
Composer & Sound Designer Daniel Herten
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Consultant, Disability Christopher Bryant
Consultant, Inclusion Bayley Turner
With Thomas Campbell, Paul Capsis, Philip Lynch, Nikki Viveca
SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross
There are two ways to experience the magic of The Lewis Trilogy—one is by savouring each play over multiple days mid-week, and the other is to enjoy a full-day epic event on either Saturday or Sunday. Check out the Season Calendar for a detailed performance schedule for The Lewis Trilogy.
Wednesday – Friday 7pm*
Saturday & Sunday 1pm**
*Mid-week performances of the Trilogy are presented as standalone plays.
**Weekend Trilogy performances are presented as a full three-play experience with one short interval and one dinner break. This Much is True will commence at approximately 7pm. Please note that the acts and intervals are subject to change. Confirmed run times will be published on Griffin’s website nearer the time of production.
Meet The Artists
Thursday 29 February
Wednesday 20 March (Summer of the Aliens)
Thursday 21 March (Così)
Friday 22 March (This Much is True)
Summer of the Aliens is part of a three-play epic—The Lewis Trilogy by Louis Nowra. There are a couple of ways to book: purchase a 3 Play package, which will act as your ticket to The Lewis Trilogy experience, or add the Trilogy to a larger subscription to get more bang for your buck.
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This project is supported through a residency at Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Sydney.