Monday 5th Sept

Griffin launched their 2017 Season on Monday. They have promised incisive, poignant, hilarious, and relevant work from our country’s best playwrights. Presenting national treasures and new practitioners. Griffin 2017 is an all Australian lineup.

The first thing that jumped out is the slashing of a main stage productions – the funding cuts to the arts industry takes another victim. Griffin have had to reduce their MainStage season and look to the independent scene to keep the venue open.   Lee Lewis announced the season introducing us to the writers of the main stage and sadly (considering their increased reliance), raced through the independent season with no introduction to the up-and-coming writers they are even more dependant on.

Last year there were five main stage productions (The Literati, As We Forgive, Tribunal, Ladies Day, Replay, Gloria, The Turquoise Elephant). This year there are four:

A STRATEGIC PLAN
BY ROSS MUELLER
27 JANUARY – 11 MARCH 2017

THE HOMOSEXUALS
OR ‘FAGGOTS’
BY DECLAN GREENE
17 MARCH – 29 APRIL 2017

RICE
BY MICHELE LEE
21 JULY – 26 AUGUST 2017

DIVING FOR PEARLS
BY KATHERINE THOMSON
8 SEPTEMBER – 28 OCTOBER 2017

 


Last year two special events (As We Forgive, Tribunal). This year there are again two:

ROBYN ARCHER
4 – 15 JULY 2017
Nights of song, satire and storytelling by one of Australia’s best.

SMURF IN WANDERLAND
BY DAVID WILLIAMS
2 – 13 MAY 2017
One man’s insightful and hilarious examination of football, tribalism, belonging and identity.

 


Last year there were three independent productions (Thomas Murray and the Upside Down River, Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor, Lighten Up). This year there are five:

NOSFERATUTU
OR BLEEDING AT THE BALLET
BY TOMMY BRADSON
7 – 21 JANUARY 2017
Part-vaudeville, part-cabaret, part-blood-bath.

THE HAM FUNERAL
BY PATRICK WHITE
17 MAY – 10 JUNE 2017
An unnervingly dark and vulgar investigation of the human condition.

SUNSET STRIP
BY SUZIE MILLER
14 JUNE – 1 JULY 2017
On all manners of love, family dysfunction and making the best of shitty situations.

MERCILESS GODS
BY DAN GIOVANNONI
1 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017
A vicious and tender portrait of contemporary Australian society, capturing the haunting aspects of the human psyche.

VIRGINS & COWBOYS
BY MORGAN ROSE
29 NOVEMBER – 16 DECEMBER 2017
“The young-centric social commentary of Lena Dunham meets the sexual liberation of Amy Schumer”