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SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company

  • Theatre
  • Darlinghurst
SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company

Time Out says

This former stables is the home of new Australian writing

Formerly the home of the now-defunct Nimrod Theatre Company, the Stables now host this state's foremost champion of new Australian writing for stage: Griffin Theatre Company. Renovated in 2010, the building nevertheless retains the original 105-seat theatre with its kite-shaped stage, one of the best venues for getting close to the action. Griffin Theatre Company produces between four and five shows each year, and hosts roughly the same number in its Griffin Independent program, showcasing independent and interstate companies.

The annual Griffin Award for the best unproduced new Australian play is also an important event in the local calendar.

See what's on stage at Griffin Theatre Company in 2018

Written by Dee Jefferson


10 Nimrod St
Kings Cross
Opening hours:
Box office: Mon-Fri noon-6pm; Sat 1–2pm & 6-7pm; box office and bar open one hour prior to all performances

What’s on

Blaque Showgirls

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comedy

Tits up, girls! Follow me. The most outrageous show in Sydney is here for a limited time, but you’ve gotta be in the know. Just take a turn out of Kings Cross, and high-kick your way down to that little theatre in the former horse stables. In there you’ll find a portal to the bright lights of Brisvegas – as reflected through the funhouse-mirror imagination of one of the country’s most cunning writers, Nakkiah Lui (Black is the New White; Black Comedy). From the moment the spotlight illuminates the first performer, you might think you’ve stumbled into a high-end drag-burlesque show – with the head bitch of the Blaque Showgirls, Chandon (Jonathan Jeffrey), voguing the house down with a rapturous dance devoted to the sacred “bin chicken”. But, friends, this is proper theatre – and it only gets more silly and surprisingly solemn as it goes on. [Blaque Showgirls is] so silly, so full of heart and so poignantly honest. Taking inspiration from the so-bad-it's-good raunchy cinematic masterpiece Showgirls, this farcical play is built on the foundation of Lui’s trademark mix of wit, social commentary and balls-to-the-wall silliness – with a throughline of First Nations pride.   Stephanie Somerville (Chalkface, The Bleeding Tree) leads the all-Indigenous cast as fair-skinned dance enthusiast Sarah Jane Jones. When the naive Sarah gets a whiff of evidence of her Indigenous ancestry, she high-tails it to the glitziest casino in Brisvegas. Her mission? To land a role in the First Nations

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