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Griffin Award Winner 2020

Tasmania's Dylan Van Den Berg has been awarded the prestigious Griffin Award for new Australian playwriting for his piece, Way Back When. The accolade sees Van Den Berg being awarded $10,000 after beating out 130 other plays in an anonymous judging process featuring a panel of artists to be placed into a top five shortlist. […]

Creating Together

By Rita Bratovic. Being an independent artist can be rewarding and frustrating in equal measure; from the creative burden of staying fresh and interesting, or the practical dilemma of finding money for the next project, to the exhilaration of breaking new ground and thrilling new audiences. Collaboration is a way for artists to access more […]

Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

Good Cook. Friendly. Clean. is coming to Griffin Theatre to take audiences on a journey through humour and darkness, questioning how willing our society is to take care of our most vulnerable. The play follows Sandra, who is 50 years old and comes home one day, only to find out that her flatmates are kicking […]

REVIEW: Diving For Pearls

Diving for Pearls is a heartbreaking tale of trying to transcend but ultimately failing due to forces wildly out of individual control. Ursula Yovich leads as Barbara, a feisty middle-aged woman attempting to rise above her working-class status. Brash and unwilling to yield from her dream of being a hotel hostess, Barbara aggressively navigates her […]

Smurf in Wanderland

For enthusiasts of the physical performance of theatre and the drama of the world’s most popular sport: football or soccer (a contradiction to distinguish it from other codes) the new play Smurf in Wanderland presented by the National Theatre of Parramatta in association with Griffin Theatre Company brings together the two mediums in a light […]

The Bleeding Tree

Sydney Theatre Company shares with Griffin Theatre Company in bringing the original production of The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini to the Wharf in March. The Bleeding Tree premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2015, earning praise as “a great and complex production” (The Australian). It went on to win three Helpmann Awards – including Best Play for […]

Lighten Up

John Green is an Anglo-Indian Australian actor who dreams of being cast in his favourite soap, ‘Bondi Parade’. However coloured contacts don’t hide that he is more brown than sun-bronzed. “...All the while his skin-bleaching mother is trying to get him to procreate with a white, blonde woman to cleanse the ethnicity out of their […]


In keeping with its mission of showcasing fresh work, Griffin Theatre is premiering Benedict Andrews’ new play, Gloria. Andrews, who seems to have a penchant for tempestuous drama, has created a complex, absorbing story, with immense themes and emotions. “It’s epic,” is how actor Huw Hugginson describes it. “It deals with some pretty big things […]

Those Who Fall In Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor

It’s a mouthful to be sure, but Jo Morris, actor and co-producer of “Anchors” (their abbreviation) says the title captures the sense of the play. “In a way, it becomes the image of the show…” Written by Finnegan Kruckemeyer as a commissioned work, the play had its incipience during a casual catch-up between Kruckmeyer, Morris […]

As We Forgive

Forgiveness is a tricky subject and always a perfect catalyst for discussion. As We Forgive by Tom Holloway focuses on three individual stories revolving around the theme of forgiveness. Revered Australian actor Robert Jarman explains it as three different men with deeply personal stories. He performs all three monologues accompanied by a lone cellist in this original […]