Griffin Theatre Company announces 2015 season

Artistic Director Lee Lewis this week announced her second season for Griffin Theatre Company. In its Main and Independent seasons, comprised entirely of Australian work, Griffin will present or co-present six world premieres of new Australian plays.

“The stories in 2015 will take you to magical lands, journey into suburbs, pull apart minds, give in to revenge and travel around the world to find answers to questions we wrestle with today: How do you tell someone you love them? How do we connect to each other in an increasingly disconnected world? How do you know if someone is lying? What happens after you fire the gun? Is it possible to forgive the crimes of the 20th century?” Lewis said.

A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il. Photo by Brett Boardman.
A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Mainstage Season


Based on the iconic children’s book by Kit Williams and written by award-winning playwright and actor Kate Mulvany,  it will have its world premiere as part of Sydney Festival at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. Directed by Sam Strong and Lee Lewis, and co-produced by Griffin Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia, Masquerade interweaves the magical world of the children’s tale with a contemporary Australian story. The musical world of the play will be composed and performed by Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen.


A world premiere by Suzie Miller. The play will attack the complex issue of human frailty and need on  a global scale. It will be directed by Anthony Skuse, one of our most gifted directors.

The House on the Lake
A psychological thriller by Aidan Fennessy, directed by Sarah Giles.

The Bleeding Tree

A world premiere that won Angus Cerini the 2014 Griffin Award, it’s billed as a darkly macabre comedy about revenge and violence.

Helen Dallimore and Masquerade for Griffin 2015. Photo by Brett Boardman.
Helen Dallimore and Masquerade for Griffin 2015. Photo by Brett Boardman.

A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il

A new work by Kit Brookman that is based on a true story, woven into a work that’s a comic espionage about betrayal, forgiveness and regret.

Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens

This is Griffin’s second co-presentation with Performance 4a. Using photographic projections, video, original music and soundscape, Japanese-Australian photographer and writer Mayu Kanamori goes in search of Yasukichi Murakami’s lost photographs of early 20th Century northern Australia.

Independent Season

In addition to its Main Stage Season, Griffin supports the work of some of Australia’s most talented independent theatre makers. The 2015 season includes: The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ written by Zoey Dawson and directed by Declan Greene; Nicholas Hope’s Five Properties of Chainmale, which Hope will also direct; Mary Rachel Brown’s The Dapto Chaser, directed by Glynn Nicholas; Anna Barnes’s MinusOneSister, directed by Luke Rogers; and Benito di Fonzo’s A Riff on Keef: The Human Myth.

Visit Griffin’s website for more information about the shows, season tickets, and their new Earlybird offer:


Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and was the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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