A Note from Declan, 7 September

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07.09.23

Dear Grif-friend,  

The Griffin workplace is bursting on the seams with anticipation, raucous laughter and the collective sound of busy arms crunching at keyboards—as a result of we’re lower than three weeks away from asserting our 2024 Season (!!!). 

I’m so immensely pleased with our upcoming season—significantly within the midst of so many large adjustments for our small-but-mighty firm. As you realize, subsequent 12 months, the SBW Stables Theatre will endure a serious redevelopment, which implies that our 2024 will look very totally different to our standard slate. Some issues will stay the identical—we’re nonetheless as devoted as ever to telling Australian tales on stage—however we’ve additionally obtained an entire host of big surprises up our sleeve. You’ll have to attend with bated breath till our Season Launch on the night of Tuesday 26 September! 

But that doesn’t imply there’s not ample wow issue buzzing within the SBW Stables Theatre proper this very minute. We’re within the thicc (sorry, thick) of previews for Nakkiah Lui’s Blaque Showgirls and if the utter ridiculous quotability of the present that has been whipping across the workplace is something to go by (“Jokes on you Chandon, I don’t have any balls!”), then you’re in for an absolute deal with.

The staff has been grinding (each professionally and in Sani Townson’s foolish, joyous choreography) to place the ending touches on this present. If I have been to attempt to outline this one, I’d say it’s form of like a giant slap to the face with an attractive moist rhinestoned fish carrying a tiny cowboy hat and false eyelashes—it’s large, it’s Blaque, it’s drowning in faux fur and zebra print and pussy wigs and low-brow humour combined with high-brow instincts. It’s postmodern with out being wanky. It’s my favorite form of theatre and I’m so pleased with the staff helmed by co-directors Shari Sebbens and Ursula Yovich. Come alongside and prepare to cackle with a wine in hand—it’s a heck of a experience. 

And the present isn’t simply contained to the auditorium. The Griffin workers in partnership with the present’s Community Engagement Lead (the great Neville Williams Boney) have been working their tushies off to fill the SBW Stables Theatre lobby with odes to actual life blaque showgirls—an A-team of Sydney’s favorite Aunties, who you’ll spot as poster ladies all through the area. We’ve obtained posters, we’ve obtained calendars, we’ve obtained honest-to-god full-size cardboard cutouts. It’s such a enjoyable setting to hang around in earlier than and after the present—simply belief us and immerse your self. 

Much love,
Declan x 

Declan Greene
Artistic Director & CEO  

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