Griffin revives Speaking In Tongues

The Griffin Theatre Company is preparing to present the master play Speaking In Tongues.

The Griffin Theatre Company is preparing to present the master play Speaking In Tongues.

Press notes for the show read: “Two couples set out to betray their partners… A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone… A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect… Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers.”

In Andrew Bovell’s masterfully interconnected polyphony, an evocative mystery unravels at the same time as a devastating tale of disconnection between individuals, partners and communities.

Premiering at the SBW Stables Theatre in Griffin’s 1996 season, Speaking In Tongues went on to win the AWGIE for Best Play before being transformed into the multi AFI award winning hit film Lantana.

On the 15th anniversary of the play and the 10th anniversary of the film, Griffin welcomes an all time Australian classic back to the intimate space where it all began. Artistic Director Sam Strong (The Power of Yes, THOM PAIN (Based on Nothing), Red Sky Morning) will re-imagine the work with a new generation of talent in a powerhouse new production.

“I’m thrilled to be directing Speaking in Tongues as my first show at Griffin. It’s a beautiful, rich, complex work that will haunt you long after you’ve seen it. Moreover, we’re bringing this timeless relationship mystery back to the space where it all began,” Strong said. 

“After 15 years, countless productions around the world, and inspiring Lantana, this Griffin classic is coming home in a brand new production. We can’t wait to transform a wonderful piece of Griffin’s past into an even more wonderful future.”

If you missed the original play you will not be able to get it out of your head. If you have only seen the film, you’ll be struck by how unique and effective the play is. If you’ve seen the play before, you’ll be shocked by how moving it is, and how the Stables Theatre is its ideal home.

The play stars Caroline Craig, Lucy Bell, Andy Rodoreda and Chris Stollery.

The play opens on February 4. Bookings: (02) 8019 0292. 

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