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


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.

Cast & Creatives

Director Nadia Tass
Designer Tobhiyah Stone Feller
With Di Adams, Vanessa Downing, Deborah Galanos

Performance Times

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

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

Meet the Artists
Tuesday 17 November

Captioned Performance
Tuesday 8 December

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 us, grab a drink, and get settled.



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

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Lee Lewis on Wicked Sisters