It has begun: theatre companies across the country are preparing to launch their 2012 seasons, and Griffin Theatre Company today announced a line-up which promises to be bigger and better than ever.
It has begun: theatre companies across the country are preparing to launch their 2012 seasons, and Griffin Theatre Company today announced a line-up which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Artistic Director Sam Strong announced the Company’s 2012 season will include a partnership with the Sydney Festival and the presentation of Griffin work in various cities around Australia. Griffin’s Main Season increases to five shows in 2012:
- Gordon Graham’s classic The Boys is a confronting, edge-of-your-seat experience, propelled by the captivatingly violent Brett Sprague.
- Bojana Novakovic’s The Story of Mary Maclane by Herself is a playful, bluesy, and seductive exploration of the life of ‘the greatest genius you’ve never heard of’, complete with live songs performed by Tim Rogers.
- Paul Capsis’ Angela’s Kitchen returns to Griffin before departing on a national tour with its affecting account of post-war migration via one very special grandmother.
- Rick Viede’s provocative and hilarious A Hoax offers a charming posse of outsiders desperate to be on the inside.
- Finally, Ian Meadows’ Between Two Waves sweeps us inexorably into the challenge of a warming world through Daniel and Fiona, a couple simultaneously confronting their own and the planet’s future.
In addition to the Main Season, Griffin will co-present four works with the most electric independent artists and companies. Characterised by their freshness, uniqueness of voice, and commitment to pushing boundaries, these works include Enda Walsh’s New Electric Ballroom, Vanessa Bates’ Porn.Cake, Elise Hearst’s The Sea Project and Rapid Write brings you theatre that is as immediate as you can get, making its way from page to stage in just 8 weeks! Rapid Write brings a unique international scheme to Australia: 8 weeks from the start of rehearsals, Australian writers pitch ideas in response to prevailing issues and events. One idea is chosen and it’s all systems go from there until opening. This is edge of your seat drama created at light speed by an exchange between the finest local and international indie artists. We don’t know what it’s going to be yet; but we know it’ll be as relevant, topical and surprising as theatre is capable of being. “All the works in 2012 do what great new writing should do – pose big questions about identity, about who we are today and how we should be living. What unites it all is a commitment to making urgent and contemporary theatre with the highest levels of craft and imagination. And of course there is Griffin’s trademark energy and its passion to tell great stories”, said Artistic Director, Sam Strong. To celebrate the launch of its 2012 season Griffin has released a limited Earlybird ticket offer at heavily discounted prices. Subscribers can purchase tickets to the five Main Season shows for $140, or all nine Main and Independent shows for $220.