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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.

  • 2015 Griffin Award winner – Stephen Carleton

    We’re thrilled to announce that STEPHEN CARLETON has won the 2015 Griffin Award for New Australian Writing for his play, The Turquoise Elephant. 

    Stephen receives a $10,000 cash prize, and each shortlisted playwright receives a $1,000 cash prize. Congratulations also go to the Shortlisted nominees: Christopher Bryant, Louris van de Geer, Julian Larnach, Kendall Feaver. 

    The Griffin Award is a national prize recognising an outstanding play that displays an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voice. Read more…

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20 July 3:22 pm

A message from Ben Winspear: 21 July 2015

This week.

In the theatre: Obsession, inspiration, impossible odds and the occasional act of reckless bravery. Mary Rachel Brown could be listing the prerequisites for life as an Australian playwright, or describing the humour and anguish of her characters from The Dapto Chaser, now down to its final week. Some beautiful performances have brought the warm glow of laughter to the heart of winter at the Stables Theatre under the guidance of comedy great Glynn Nicholas. Nearly sold out, but a few nights still available.

In the rehearsal room: Lee Lewis is deep into preparations for the opening of Angus Cerini’s Griffin Award winning The Bleeding Tree. I don’t want to speak for Angus (no one can speak for Angus) so here’s a bit in his own words about the inspiration behind the piece: “Perhaps the enjoyment I’ve had writing The Bleeding Tree comes back to the fact that despite the improbability of things changing in the real world, perhaps simply expressing this impossible desire might bring the fantasy to life somehow.” And what a brutal, hilarious, and vital fantasy it is. More on Angus’ inspiration behind the play here. To me, The Bleeding Tree is as close as we are likely to get to the terror and pity of the ancient Greek theatre in a long time. A steaming hot plate of catharsis coming your way.

On tour:  The Witches wraps up an interstate tour, exhilarating and terrifying our junior audiences from Subiaco to Dark MOFO.

And in the office:Barely contained excitement and chaos as the 2016 Season takes final form.  Plays, actors and the odd edible prop are rapidly congealing into a great looking year.  Here I bite my tongue, but not for long, with the 2016 launch just six (mildly panicked) weeks away on 31 August. If you’d like us to mail you a 2016 brochure, email our marketing team here with your name and address. 

Ben Winspear
Griffin Associate Artist 

17 July 2:02 pm

2015 Griffin Studio: Kim Hardwick

We talk to 2015 Griffin Studio Artist Kim Hardwick about new writing, The House on the Lake, drive-ins and peddling Choc Tops and Chiko Rolls.

As a little girl I dreamt of being a nun, a ballerina or the mother of triplets named Trixi, Trudy and Tracey, however growing up in a Drive-In meant that by the age of ten I’d developed a very healthy curiosity for ambitions outside the realm of The Flying Nun, Margot Fonteyn and Barbie. When I wasn’t in pyjamas playing mini-golf, I was sent out into the mass of steaming car windows to peddle Choc Tops and Chiko Rolls. Not only did I learn how to add up without the aid of fingers, but I also learnt that humans come in all shapes and sizes; and that a combination of facts, fantasies and illusions forms a kind of magic, illuminating a multitude of stories…everyone a fascination.

Each time I peel back the cover of a play script I feel that same sense of fascination rush to the surface. Each time I start a project I remember Wim Wenders, the great German film maker, talking about his work…you want to give something to the world, the wish for something truer, more beautiful, more painstaking, more serviceable or simply other than what exists.

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12:02 pm

MinusOneSister blog by Director, Luke Rogers

When tackling a new work, especially one as exciting and challenging as Anna Barnes’ MinusOneSister, you want to make sure that you can give it the greatest amount of support and development possible. 

Stories Like These is a company that celebrates new Australian writing, so when we were invited back to Griffin to present the premiere of MinusOneSister, we wanted to create an opportunity where playwright, director, cast and the entire design team could come together in a collaborative workshop environment to explore the text, experiment with different techniques and ideas, and start to discover some of the infinite possibilities this play has to offer before moving into production.

The cast up on the floor

Anna’s play had already undergone some significant script development, and went on to win the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award in 2013, so it came to us pretty much ready to go. But we wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of the play and test some of the ideas we had bubbling away well before starting rehearsals.

We were thrilled to be supported by Playwriting Australia’s State Exchange program, an initiative that provides vital support to artists collaborating interstate on the creation of new Australian works.

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