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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.

  • Steve Rodgers wins the inaugural The Lysicrates Prize

    We’re thrilled to announce that Steve Rodgers is the winner of the inaugural The Lysicrates Prize  for his play Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam. The first Act of all three finalists’ works were performed at the Sydney Conservatorium on Friday 30 January. The Premier of NSW presented Steve with the prize at an awards ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Read more…

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3 March 12:26 pm

A message from Lee, 3 March 2015

The buzz is in the building! The previews are filled to overflowing! Suzie Miller’s play Caress/Ache opens at Griffin this week. You may remember Suzie as one of our Studio Artists, or if you spend a bit of time in Perth you may have seen her work onstage there but this is her Sydney mainstage debut. If she is reading this her nerves will be increasing exponentially. But I fully expect you all to embrace her play as enthusiastically as her directors and actors have.

I have spent the last few days trying to describe the extraordinary audience we have here at Griffin for our Australia Council funding application. The new guidelines have asked us to speak about our six year vision for the company. I have been trying to articulate what makes Griffin so special in the national theatre ecology. Apart from being the only theatre in the country dedicated to new Australian plays (pretty special)… I keep coming back to the Griffin audience. Your capacity to support, question, understand, debate and improve new plays with your responses is astounding. The fact that you are consistently willing to walk up the stairs at Griffin and hand over your night to a playwright and a group of actors is astounding. You are not asking for comfortable theatre experiences, you don’t know the ending (Lear always dies. Often it is sad). You are curious. You are brave. You are sophisticated. You are rigorous and exacting. And you are generous. And our playwrights need all that. You make them better writers.

It would sound really daggy if I called you the best audience in the country on the application. But that is how we think of you inside the Griffin office. Thank you in advance for taking care of Suzie Miller and her new play.

See you in the foyer,

Once I have finished the application,

Love Lee

9:11 am

Caress/Ache: director Anthony Skuse

As we approach opening night and the world premiere of Suzie Miller’s Caress/Ache, director Anthony Skuse talks us through the excitement and myriad of possibilities that a brand-new piece of work holds.

Caress/Ache has a surprising complexity to it: theatrically and intellectually. Suzie Miller establishes different relationships and narrative lines that move in differing time frames, deftly and economically. The writing is elegant and lean. The play’s rhythms hint at the yearning that underscores the play’s action. It always amazes me that printed words on the page can be so potent. They evoke so vividly impressions of life. Of course with a new script there is no prescribed sense of how those impressions are to be conveyed.  It isn’t weighed down with stage history or past production stills. Rather a new script presents a myriad of imagined possibilities to be explored and investigated. From reading the play in preparation for rehearsal, I sensed that Caress/Ache had a rich, hidden life waiting to be revealed. Read more…

18 February 1:52 pm

A message from Lee, 18 February

Writing to you from my seat on the 6am Qantas flight to Melbourne. I am spending the week at MTC working on a new play by one of our original Storylab writers Michele Lee.

Saturday saw me again on the wings of Qantas down to Tasmania to see the wonderful Robert Jarman in a play by Tom Holloway called As We Forgive. A big wave to Geoff Gibson down at the Burnie Arts Centre for the whirlwind tour of that beautiful part of the world.

All of this is part of the process of finding and developing great writing from around the country to bring to the Griffin stage for you. Sometimes a play will spring from our backyard like Suzie Miller’s Caress/Ache which arrives at the Stables next week. Sometimes it develops in the furthest reaches of this huge country like Yasukichi Murakami which has its roots in Broome, Darwin and a fishing village in Japan. Staying in conversation with writers across the country as they craft their stories is part of what we do at Griffin.

There are amazing stories out there being sculpted into plays. You know what the season holds for Griffin this year, but what kinds of stories would you like to see next year? I’ll keep my eye out for them in my travels.

Love Lee

PS shameless plug for Griffin photographer (and love of my life) Brett Boardman who has an exhibition opening at the Japan Foundation next week Mono No Aware. It is extraordinary. Yes I may be biased. 


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