One day she decided to wear the blue dress. It wasn’t provocative. He was married.


Alone in the museum, in the dark, Marion unravels a ball of string so Michael can venture into a mystery. In recent weeks, strange stirrings have haunted the ancient relics and rumours of a monster abound. Michael finds his way back to her and to an impossible situation.

Marion flees and finds herself the prim centre of an over-sexed septuagenarian art group at a seaside resort. Here, Marion is infuriated by Mark, a wayward sommelier with an eye for the ladies, determined to disrupt her lessons and her life.

Whimsical, sensual and charmingly humorous, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars is a love story of mythic proportions. It will lure you into an orgy of antiquity, cupcakes and beachside frivolity.

Award-winning playwright Van Badham is joined by Griffin Artistic Director Lee Lewis (Silent Disco, A Hoax) for this delightfully debaucherous fairytale for adults.

Co-produced with HotHouse Theatre and Merrigong Theatre Company

Cast & Creatives

Director Lee Lewis
Designer Anna Tregloan
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Sound Designer/Composer Steve Francis
With Silvia Colloca, Matt Zeremes

Performance Times

Preview 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 May
Season 10 May – 8 June

Performance Times
Monday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm and 7pm

Run time
80 minutes no interval


Trailer, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars

Van Badham Interview, The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars


“A love letter to language, mythology and love itself, it’s clever, sexy, funny and uplifting.” Deborah Jones, The Australian

“Lee Lewis directs a nimble, fat-free production… Colloca and Zemeres are a delight to watch.” Jason Blake, SMH

“Badham’s text is breathtaking—poetic, beautiful, captivating.” Dee Jefferson, TimeOut Sydney

“… a heart-warming, fantastical ride.” Ben Neutze,

 …a one-of-a-kind, magic-spinning, very enjoyable night at the theatre.” Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground

“Creatively and theatrically this is a refreshing moonlit expedition.” Paul Nolan, ArtsHub

“Terrific acting, from Silvia Colloca and Matt Zeremes, drives this Greek myth turned playful romantic comedy.” Chris Singh, the AU review

“…an ambitious, clever, potent piece of writing that is both sexy and funny, with a beautiful, romantic ending.”  Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph

“A joyous two-hander of heartbreak and healing – a playful romp with the faintest of nods to the Greek myths of Dionysius and co.” Greg Webster, AltMedia

Blog Posts



The Bull star Matt Zeremes tells us exactly how he feels working on this epic, romantic love story. When theatre is great it’s the best. When it sucks – death by overexposure to dog poo would be preferred. The Bull, the...

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Our Affiliate writer Julian Larnach explains the myths behind The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars.  In my first year of an arts degree at university, I got to know the god of wine. Informally at first, through...

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We’re thrilled to announce our 2013 Season – Sam Strong’s third and final season as Artistic Director of Griffin.

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Playwright Van Badham tells us the story of the drama behind The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars. Part 2 and 3 coming soon. So the story begins with an old friend and an unusual commission…

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  The final part of Van Badham story of the drama behind The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars.  I will remember my first summer in Melbourne as one that involved my face buried in beige carpet (this is...

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