"You want to wake up, girls. Life can up and smack us on the arse."

About

Griffin’s production of Wicked Sisters is going ahead as planned, but we’re relocating the show to the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre. For more information about Griffin, the Seymour Centre and COVID-Safety, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note that Griffin Theatre Company and the Seymour Centre strongly encourage the use of face masks whilst in the venue and during performances. We are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of everyone who is in attendance at the theatre including our box office teams, creatives and on-stage actors. We politely ask that you help us ensure everyone’s safety with the use of face masks while visiting us.


Alec Hobbes, famed genius, social Darwinist and artificial intelligence researcher is dead. But his computer algorithm lives on, still working away in his study, and his widow Meridee tiptoes around the machine much like she did around her husband for most of their marriage. Her friends Judith and Lydia turn up to shake their friend out of her isolation and self-neglect. What promises to be a weekend of laughter and wine turns comically savage when Hester arrives and truths about the past start to tear at the fabric of friendship.

Alma De Groen tosses ideas like grenades, and they will explode with even more force in 2020 than they did in 2002, when Wicked Sisters premiered at the Stables. Back then, Australian stages were bereft of fiercely intelligent, independent, brave, elegant, witty female characters over 50, so Alma wrote this play. Like Margaret Atwood, her writing of women was way ahead of its time, and we’re thrilled to welcome her back onto the Griffin stage.

Disclaimer: Wicked Sisters wouldn’t pass the Bechdel Test, because the women are talking about men: survival and men, ambition and men, murder and men, blackmail and men. But it’s also about our future. Artificial intelligence. Ruthless competition. The issues women face in their fifties as they deal with life’s lacerations. The struggle to stay relevant as we slide towards extinction.

It’s a great revenge tragi-comedy, and the perfect way to end the year.

Want to go deeper? View the online program

Griffin’s season of Wicked Sisters is sold out (except for Monday Rush tickets). To add your name to the waitlist, call the Griffin Box Office on (02) 9361 3817.

Cast & Creatives

Director Nadia Tass
Designer Tobhiyah Stone Feller
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer & Sound Designer, Video Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
With Di Adams, Vanessa Downing, Deborah Galanos, Hannah Waterman

Performance Times

Preview 6 – 10 November
Opening Nights
11 & 12 November
Season
13 November – 12 December

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

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 17 November

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 8 December

Run Time
90 minutes no interval

Latecomers
Please note, there is a complete lock-out on all performances and latecomers won’t be admitted, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the Seymour Centre, grab a drink, and get settled.

Pricing

Subscription

5 Play 4 Play 3 Play
Full $255 Full $216 Full $168
Senior, Preview $205 Senior, Preview $172 Senior, Preview $138
Concession $190 Concession $160 Concession $126
Under 35 $170 Under 35 $140 Under 35 $108
5 Play 
Full $255
Senior, Preview $205
Concession $205
Under 35 $170
4 Play 
Full $216
Senior, Preview $172
Concession $160
Under 35 $140
3 Play
Full $168
Senior, Preview $138
Concession $126
Under 35 $108

Single Tickets

Full $62
Senior, Preview, Groups 8+ $52
Concession $46
Under 35 $38
Monday Rush $20

Transaction fees of $4 for online bookings and $6 for phone bookings apply.

By purchasing from Griffin Theatre Company you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Video

Lee Lewis on Wicked Sisters

Reviews

“It’s these touches that make the play so taut… The ideas are just slipped in among the gossip, jocularity, cattiness and confessions, like spiking already strong drinks.” ★★★½ John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

“Alma de Groen’s Wicked Sisters is, more accurately, a play of big ideas: the fraying of the social contract; the singular economic plight of older, single women; the docile acceptance of social Darwinism as a governing principle.” ★★★½ Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

“This modern, subtle and knotted production of Alma de Groen’s 2002 play is both comic in observation of the way friends are with friends and irrational, biting and hurtful, in the way we can be with friends when wounded.” ★★★½ Judith Greenaway, Reviews by Judith

Blog Posts

In Conversation: Alma De Groen

25.11.20

Alma De Groen is the incredible playwright behind Wicked Sisters, as well as one of Australia’s greatest playwrights. Her career has spanned decades, and she was Griffin’s first ever Literary Manager. To celebrate the revival of her play, Alma was kind...

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