I’m typing to you with an ordinary quantity of spring in my palms, having simply returned from 3 weeks of vacation (my first time taking go away since I began at Griffin… it’s more uncomplicated to do when there’s much less of a world pandemic to fret about.) And in reality, this little wreck couldn’t have come at a greater time after the wild experience that was once helming Nicholas Brown’s Intercourse Magick as co-director. This display was once one of the crucial greatest Griffin has ever tried, wrangling Indian classical dance, video projection, and two-and-a-half hours of a daring, chaotic, fast-moving globe-trotting play—and it requested a lot of its strange forged to drag it off each evening. I’m very thankful for all their exhausting paintings. I’m thankful to the audiences who became out in droves and delivered us a sell-out season as a part of Sydney WorldPride. And I’m very, very thankful to the waiters who shovelled cocktails into my face subsequent to a pool for 3 weeks as a part of my… umm… ‘restoration’?
Should you noticed Intercourse Magick you might have marvelled on the video design of Solomon Thomas, who one way or the other discovered a option to mission video onto smoke with little greater than PVC pipe, a fog system, and the 2 projectors which can be the entire of Griffin’s AV division. Solomon’s ingenuity rolls into our subsequent display—UFO—which he and Kirby Medway have co-created with re:staff efficiency collective as the primary providing of Griffin Lookout in 2023. Griffin Lookout is our platform for Sydney’s maximum remarkable impartial theatre artists to take loose rein of the SBW Stables Theatre and create a brand new paintings with enhance from the staff right here at Griffin. For my cash, Solomon and re:staff are making one of the most maximum imaginative, sudden theatre in Australia presently. If you’ll be able to believe a work of theatre with the extent of technical complexity of Sydney Theatre Corporate’s The Image of Dorian Grey, however with a microscopic price range—that’s what re:staff pull off with each display. They hack in combination video cameras, Nintendo Wii remotes and PCs to create advanced, heartfelt, comedic and ceaselessly playful paintings. Take a look at this video to peer Solomon and his ensemble developing this beautiful 1:8 miniature global to mission onto the SBW Stables degree, and get your tickets stat.
However, naturally, that’s no longer all that’s taking place right here at Griffin. Subsequent week is the kick-off of rehearsals for Eloise Snape’s Pony, which arrives at the SBW Stables degree in simply 5 weeks time… And at the again of a triumphant, sold-out season at Melbourne Theatre Corporate, our manufacturing of Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie takes the magnificent Sheridan Harbridge at the first leg of a whirlwind excursion around the east coast of Australia. This week the citizens of Tasmania will likely be feeling additional particular, with Suzie’s play having simply taken out one of the crucial global’s maximum prestigious prizes for theatre—the Olivier Award. The workforce at Griffin may no longer be extra ecstatic for this world popularity of one thing we in Australia already knew… That Suzie is, in reality, one of the ferociously proficient, fearless and curious writers working towards on the earth these days, and we’re pinching ourselves that we’ve got the privilege of presenting Jailbaby (Suzie’s fourth premiere with Griffin!) later this yr.
A lot love and notice you within the theatre quickly,