The 2012 Griffin Award has been won by actress and playwright Vivienne Walshe for her heartfelt new Australian play This is Where We Live.
Sydney’s Griffin Theatre Company has recognised outstanding plays or performance texts which display an innovative, authentic and contemporary Australian voice for 15 years and according to Griffin’s Artistic Director Sam Strong, Walshe’s play fits all three categories perfectly.
“‘Authentic voice’ is one of playwriting’s most frequently used terms but, in the case of Vivienne Walshe, it is spot on. Her language is one of a kind: muscular, vivid and instantly evocative. In a compressed and riveting piece, Vivienne plunges us headlong into the intense heart of teenage experience”, said Strong.
Walshe, a graduate of the Acting course at WAAPA (1997) and past Associate Playwright of both Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Companies adds the $10,000 prize from PKF Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers to her growing list of achievements which include the Malcolm Robertson Award in 2003 (for her play God’s Last Acre) and the inaugural Max Afford Award in 2004 (for Birth Nation). In 2006 she won an R.E Ross Trust Award for I Shot the Albatross (but I taught it how to land).
Walshe joins the well respected Griffin Award alumni including Lachlan Philpott for Silent Disco (2009), Debra Oswald for Mr Bailey’s Minder (2004), Brendan Cowell for Rabbit (2003) and Rick Viede for Whore (2008) and A Hoax (2011), which opens at the SBW Stables Theatre on 25 July.
The other five shortlisted plays for 2012 were:
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene
All Over by Kit Brookman
Savages by Patricia Cornelius
Scowl by Angus Cerini
Lavender Bay by Alana Valentine