Festival of New Writing

30 May 2011


Griffin Theatre Company will throw open the Stables Theatre doors from Monday, 6 June for a week-long festival celebrating new writing.

Griffin’s Artistic Director Sam Strong says the aim of all these this activity is: "To make Griffin even more of a hub for artists and audiences. We want to celebrate our writing culture and welcome as many people as possible.”

The festival includes the anouncement of the Griffin Award for best new Australian play. The winner will receive $10,000 cash from sponsor PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors. This year Griffin will be staging readings of extracts from all the short-listed plays.

Heartbreak Hotel poster

The week kicks off on Monday with the Playwrights’ Muster at the Stables, featuring a keynote speech, 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Playwriting in 2010', by playwriting collective 7-On.

Next, Griffin’s resident directors and writers respond to the public’s submission of objects and "tales of heartbreak, woe and redemption."

For one night only at the Stables Theatre, Heartbreak Hotel is described as a "sensory, immersive and transformative event that promises to deliver more than your average evening at the theatre."

Griffin then joins Australia’s oldest active independent publisher, and only specialist performing arts publisher, Currency Press to help celebrate its 40th anniversary.

In association with Currency, Griffin will present a medley of favourite play scenes selected by authors and staff from Currency's rich history of publishing Australian drama.

The Festival continues with a night of GRIFFringe short works and work in development.

Following the performance there will be an artist forum including Lachlan Philpott (Silent Disco) and Jane Bodie (This Year’s Ashes), an announcement of the expansion of the company’s Artist Card support program, and a drinks party in the foyer.

Then the 24-hour Play Offs see Jane Bodie lead NIDA playwrights as they write new short plays in just 12 hours. Handing over to the NIDA directors on Saturday morning, actors will rehearse quickly before presenting the six brand new plays to the public at 7 pm.

Griffin will also be kicking off the Junior version of the Play Offs on Saturday night. Presented in partnership with atyp, Griffin’s young associates will collaborate with atyp’s raw talent and Fresh Ink writers’ program to produce a batch of brand new short plays.

For more information, go to the Griffin Theatre Company website.

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