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Griffin Theatre Company is Australia’s new writing theatre. In residence at Sydney’s historic SBW Stables Theatre, we lead the country in developing and producing great Australian stories, and are dedicated to supporting Australian artists.

  • ‘MUSIC IS RIVETING’ – Sydney Morning Herald
     

    Jane Bodie’s deeply personal and insightful new play, Music, has opened to praise from audiences and critics alike.
     

    “Music is riveting stuff” Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

     

     ★★★★ TimeOut Sydney

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  • EXPLORE GRIFFIN’S 2014 SEASON
     

     

    Four extraordinary plays in our Main Season show us our best and our worst selves, two new adventures take us to new places, new stories and new audiences, and four Griffin Independent plays challenge our conventions and convictions. Read the full introduction.


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8 April 9:20 am

INSIDE THE REHEARSAL ROOM: COREY MCMAHON

In our final blog from the Music rehearsal room, director Corey McMahon reveals how he came to know Jane Bodie and the challenges of directing a new play.

I was standing in the rehearsal room at Paines Plough, the new writing theatre company I worked for in London some years ago now when, having heard my Australian accent, an actress working with the company asked me if I knew Jane Bodie.

“Who?” I replied “No I’ve never heard of her. Is she a playwright?”

If looks could kill. It was obvious I gave the wrong answer.

Music director, Corey McMahon

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9:07 am

CULTURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ WEEK, BEIJING

In the final instalment of our posts from Jenevieve Chang, she heads to Beijing for the final leg of Australian Writers’ Week and meets her fellow ‘Asian-Australian’ authors selected to represent contemporary Australian literature and explore cross-cultural perspectives.

The first thing you notice about Beijing is the smog. Within minutes of landing, my whole body was working a bit harder just to breathe. The Australian Embassy staffer who had been with me since Mongolia gave me the stats: the day registered a 160 reading on the Air Quality Index on her Iphone. “What does that mean?” I asked. “It’s really not too bad. The World Health Organization’s recommended level is 50.”She smiled at my startled face. “Considering we hit over 700 at the beginning of the year, 160 really isn’t too bad.”

Afternoon tea at the Hutong, Beijing’s cultural exchange centre

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25 March 11:03 am

INSIDE THE REHEARSAL ROOM: KATE SKINNER

Actor Kate Skinner navigates us through the first weeks of Music rehearsals; revealing the wonder, joy and jitters as the cast starts to make the play their own.

It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of our 2nd week of rehearsals already.

The beauty of a Jane Bodie script is that you can feel like you have been excavating layer upon layer of text, subtext, jokes, crossed wires, hidden meanings and agendas, and right when you think you have got to the bottom of a moment, the truth at the heart of it, you realise you are only just scratching the surface. Welcome to Music.

Kate Skinner plays Sarah

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