Farewell the SBW Stables Theatre with The Lewis Trilogy!


Griffin’s season of Summer of the Aliens is at capacity! Keep an eye on the ticketing page for Summer of the Aliens, as small handfuls of tickets may become available due to occasional cancellations.

To join the waitlist, please contact our friendly Box Office team at [email protected].

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.

Want to go deeper? View the online program



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.

Cast & Creatives

Director Declan Greene
Set Designer Jeremy Allen
Costume Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Kelsey Lee
Composer & Sound Designer Daniel Herten
Stage Manager Tyler Fitzpatrick
Stage Manager—Rehearsals Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager India Lively
Production Manager Julia Orlando
Fight Choreographer Tim Dashwood
Associate Director Daley Rangi
Vocal Arranger & Chorus Master Adam Majsay
Costume Assistant Meg Anderson
Head Electrician Joel Trotter
Disability Consultant Christopher Bryant
Intimacy and Consent Consultant; Inclusivity Consultant Bayley Turner
Production Assistants Indigo Redding, Frankie Clarke, Hannah Tayler, Sam Wylie
With Thomas Campbell, Paul Capsis, Philip Lynch, Masego Pitso, Nikki Viveca, Darius Williams, Ursula Yovich, William Zappa

Performance Times

SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross

Booking Information
There are three ways to experience the magic of The Lewis Trilogy—one is to enjoy the full-day epic event on either Saturday or Sunday, and one is by savouring each play over multiple days mid-week. Alternatively, book one play at a time and enjoy a weeknight performance of an individual Trilogy play. Check out the Season Calendar for a detailed performance schedule for The Lewis Trilogy.

Performance Times
Wednesday – Friday
Saturday & Sunday 1pm**

*Mid-week performances of the Trilogy are presented as standalone plays.

**Weekend Trilogy performances are presented as a full-day 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.

Meet The Artists
Thursday 29 February

Captioned Performances
Wednesday 20 March (Summer of the Aliens)
Thursday 21 March (Così)
Friday 22 March (This Much is True)


The Lewis Trilogy Three Play Package

Full Standard $219
Preview $174
Senior Standard $204
Preview $159
Concession Standard $189
Preview $144
Under 35 Standard $144
Preview $129

One Play: Summer of the Aliens / Così / This Much is True

Full $79
Senior $74
Concession $65
Group 8+ $69
Under 35 $49
Rush $25


Summer of the Aliens is part of a three-play epic—The Lewis Trilogy by Louis Nowra. A 3 Play package acts as your ticket to the full The Lewis Trilogy experience (including Così and This Much is True), and is the recommended way to enjoy all of Nowra’s glorious Australiana.

Book The Lewis Trilogy full-day experience tickets

Rush Tickets

Theatre tickets can be expensive. But since 2009 Griffin has proudly run its famous Monday Rush ticket program, ensuring people can see our shows at a price that is affordable to most. This applies to The Lewis Trilogy too.

There are three plays in The Lewis Trilogy—which means there are three opportunities to purchase Rush Tickets each week.

These $25 tickets will go on sale at 12pm on the day of the performance, and will be available over the phone or via the website on a first-come-first-served basis on the following weekdays:

Rush Tickets operates by an honour system. We ask that if you can afford to pay for a full-price ticket, please do so and leave the Rush Tickets for those who need them.

Please email us or give our Box Office a call if you have any other questions about Rush Tickets or ticketing equity.


Do I have to see all three plays?
The Lewis Trilogy has been written and directed as just that—a trilogy. Griffin strongly encourages you to binge this Australian extravaganza in the same way you would Angels in AmericaThe War of the Roses, or Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

You can experience the full three-play Trilogy in one of two ways;

  1. Commit to a full day extravaganza in Louis Nowra’s very own beloved neighbourhood and book in to see the entire Trilogy on one day—commencing at 1pm on either Saturday or Sunday.
  2. Pace out your viewings by attending individual plays at mid-week showings. Wednesday to Friday (with minor exceptions), we will be presenting Summer of the AliensCosì and This Much is True as individual plays on different evenings. Check the Season Calendar to select your preferred dates.

Can I just see one play?
Summer of the Aliens, Così and This Much is True can now be booked one play at a time. Across Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, see Summer of the Aliens, Così or This Much is True by booking in to each individual play at your leisure. More ways to watch The Lewis Trilogy means more merriment, more flexibility and more love for Aussie theatre! Check the Season Calendar for Summer of the Aliens performance dates.

Do I have to see the plays three nights in a row?
No, you do not have to see the plays three consecutive nights in a row. If you choose to see The Lewis Trilogy across multiple mid-week viewings, you have the freedom to set your own schedule!

Do I have to see the plays in order?
We do recommend that you see the Trilogy in the order it was written; Summer of the AliensCosì then This Much is True. However, don’t fret if you’re seeing it out of order—you’ll just get an equally exciting alternative experience!

How long is each play?
Each individual play in The Lewis Trilogy is approximately 90 minutes.

Are there intermissions?
Summer of the AliensCosì and This Much is True do not have intermissions during each play, however, if you are attending a full-day experience, there are breaks in between the plays.

What time is each play if I’m coming for a full-day experience?
The following are indicative start and end times of each play on a full-day experience, however are subject to minor fluctuations on the day due to the nature of live performance.

Summer of the Aliens—1pm – 2.30pm
Così—3.15pm – 4.45pm
This Much is True—7pm – 8.30pm

If you leave the venue in between plays, please ensure you are back at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the next play.

Will there be Rush tickets?
On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12pm, an allocation of $25 Rush Tickets are released for that evening’s performance. These can be purchased online, or for those who are unable to book online, over the phone.

Read more about Griffin’s Rush Ticket program here.

Where can I eat and drink in the breaks?
There are a host of wonderful dining options in Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Potts Point to suit every budget. For The Lewis Trilogy, we have partnered with a slate of incredible local businesses to bring you deals and discounts on dining when you attend The Lewis Trilogy. See a full guide to the restaurants and their offers here. Reservations highly recommended.

What time should I make my dinner booking?
Most restaurants in the area will open around 5:30pm—we recommend making your dinner booking for around then to account for travelling to your dining location after Così if you attend a full-day experience, and with enough time to reach the theatre for a 7pm start for all evening performances.


Show Trailer

Mood Trailer

Louis Nowra on The Lewis Trilogy

Behind the Trilogy | Summer of Aliens


“The cast is glorious, an ensemble of eight who juggle multiple characters across more than four hours onstage.” ★★★★1/2—Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald

“It seems criminally reductive to suggest that all three of these plays could be represented by just one. The intent of this production is to bring them together, to find a way through them all to sum up Lewis/Louis, to sum up Griffin, to sum up Australia, to sum up what it is to be human.” ★★★★★—Charlotte Smee, Time Out Sydney

The Lewis Trilogy is ultimately an ode to humanity, along with all of its essential entanglements with fallibility and vulnerability.” ★★★★★—Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

“There’s not been such a theatrical feast since Cloudstreet.” ★★★★★—Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“This collection of shows is a must see” ★★★★★—David Kary, Sydney Arts Guide

“This is glorious, miss it at your own peril!” ★★★★1/2—Chad Armstrong, Cultural Binge

“A deeply, resonatingly rich immersion”—Ian Maxwell, The Conversation

“It’s totally immersive theatre”—Martin Portus, Stage Whispers

Content Warning

Summer of the Aliens features production elements that pose risk to people with disabilities including strobe lighting, smoke/haze/fog, herbal cigarettes, loud sounds (thunder), open flames, prop gun and gunshot sound effects.

Audiences are advised of content that may be distressing, particularly descriptions and/or depictions of child sexual abuse and family violence, racism, suicide and use of prop guns including gunshot sound effects.

For more detailed information on the performance content, please read our Summer of the Aliens Content Advisory Specification Document. Word | PDF

Supported By

This project is supported through a residency at the School of Arts and Media, University of New South Wales.

The Lewis Trilogy is supported by Griffin’s Production Partner program and the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.

Daley Rangi’s role as Associate Director is generously supported by Shane & Cathryn Brennan.

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