When you’re studying this on a Thursday afternoon, I can safely assume that you simply haven’t been washed down a Sydney storm water drain within the final 24 hours. Nicely accomplished you! For myself: I can say for positive that I’ve by no means been extra glad that our ‘Little Theatre on the Hill’ is… actually… on a hill.
It’s been an exquisite and suitably hectic time on the SBW Stables Theatre, with our first Most important Season manufacturing kicking off final week: the gorgeous, sun-soaked Orange Thrower by Kirsty Marillier. This can be a very particular manufacturing—over 4 years within the making—which we’ve delivered to the stage in partnership with our good mates at Riverside’s Nationwide Theatre of Parramatta (whose distinctive manufacturing of Guards on the Taj kicked off final week— don’t miss it!).
Really, I couldn't be extra pleased with this manufacturing and all the weather that make it so magical. Kirsty Marillier‘s script—with its mischievous fusion of coming-of-age drama and surreal, horror-tinged intrigue. Zindzi Okenyo’s assured, whip-smart course. The wonderful, superb forged of absolute stage-beasts—Callan Colley, Mariama Whitton, Angela Nica Sullen, and Gabriela van Wyk. However don’t simply take my phrase for it—the play has been properly beloved up as ‘a stellar debut’ (Theatre Ideas), ‘a poignant portrait of rising up… combined race within the blindingly white suburbs of Perth’ (Sydney Morning Herald), and ‘a compact calling card for an rising author able to be seen’ (Sydney Arts Information).
It’s additionally been a pleasure to work with the dynamic group of 2 Sydney Stylists— Wanyika & Niwa—to construct some much-deserved fanfare round Orange Thrower—and correctly welcome audiences and communities into the world of the present. Collectively, 2 Sydney Stylists have curated material installations in our lobby (by Jo Kalute); a really particular Orange Thrower playlist by DJ Kristelle; and South African beers accessible for buy at The Penny Prepare dinner Bar throughout the entire season. All this has been made potential by the help of the Girgensohn Basis, and their brand-new help of viewers inclusion tasks at Griffin by a brand new program known as Griffin Amplify (extra on that quickly…).
Since Opening Evening, almost each efficiency of Orange Thrower has bought out—so in celebration, we’re including some further performances! These are now on sale on the Griffin web site—don’t miss out (though in the event you do miss out, you may as well see the present in the course of the Nationwide Theatre of Parramatta season at Riverside).
One other thrilling occasion in the course of the Orange Thrower season is kicking off this Saturday—with our 2022 contingent of Griffin Ambassadors visiting the present. This can be a cohort of 89 school-aged college students between Years 10 and 12, who—with the help of the Robertson Basis—see each present in our 2022 Season, in addition to assembly the forged and enterprise workshops with main theatre professionals. It’s an excellent method to foster a life-long love of latest Australian theatre—which is attested to the sheer variety of ex-Griffin Ambassador college students who go on to work within the trade. Amongst Griffin’s present employees, we rely amongst our Ambassador alumni Dom Scarf (Field Workplace Supervisor), Ell Katte (Growth Coordinator), and Ally Moon (Manufacturing Coordinator). Subsequent week, we’re welcoming a few of our Ambassadors Alumni group again into the SBW Stables with a particular efficiency of Orange Thrower for graduate college students throughout the ages! It’s initiatives like these that make my coronary heart sing, even below looming storm clouds.
Keep dry Grif-friends—see you on the SBW Stables quickly.
A lot love,
Inventive Director & CEO