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SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company

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  • Darlinghurst
SBW Stables Theatre - Griffin Theatre Company
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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

Details

Address:
10 Nimrod St
Kings Cross
Sydney
2010
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

Wherever She Wanders

  • Drama

Content warning: this article mentions themes of sexual violence Theatre may have wandered off for a while there in Sydney, but it's back with a bang at Griffin Theatre Company with Wherever She Wanders from award-winning playwright Kendall Feaver (The Almighty Sometimes). Turn on the news recently and there’s a fair chance you’ll have seen one of several shocking reports on the disturbing culture of sexual assault seemingly festering in our universities. This bold new drama tackles the nature of the beast head on. Set in one of Australia’s oldest residential colleges, as far as the public knows, scandal doesn’t happen here. But what goes on behind closed mahogany doors tells a different story, and abundant coffers can cover up all sorts of unsavoury goings on. That gets complicated when resident student and aspiring journalist Nikki Gonçalves (Emily Havea) interviews Jo Mulligan (Fiona Press), the first female Master in the college’s hundred-year history and the person who writes those ‘never happened’ cheques. When a serious allegation is made, Jo sees it as a case of boys will be boys, but Nikki cannot and will not accept that. A battle rages on social media, unleashing chaotic commenters. Vulnerable people get caught in the crossfire. As Griffin’s artistic director Declan Greene sees it, the story is sadly all too familiar. “We had to postpone this in 2020, and we were all really sad about that, but one of the things that’s really awful about Wherever She Wanders one is

Golden Blood

  • Comedy

When her mum dies, leaving her an orphan, a young girl find herself all alone in an empty home in Singapore. Which might be a better situation than her estranged brother becoming her guardian. You see, he’s only a couple of years older and, errr, a gangster. Things are about to get very messy. Can Chanel, Miu Miu and Balenciaga paper over the worrying cracks in their new arrangement? These are things their late mother has a few thoughts about, and sometime the dead aren’t so quiet. That’s the glorious set-up for actor-turned-playwright Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood and we are so sold. This MTC co-production, drawing loosely on her own life, will be brought to life by Griffin’s associate artistic director Tessa Leong. When artistic director Declan Greene first heard a reading alongside his MTC colleagues, he knew they had to swoop on it. “It was a jaw-drop moment. The audience were screaming with laughter. Merlynn has such an amazing comic voice. But it’s also a really tender and beautiful story as well.”

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