Griffin is the only theatre company in the country entirely devoted to producing new Australian plays. Located in the historic SBW Stables Theatre, nestled in the heart of bustling Kings Cross, Griffin has been a permanent home for the exploration of Australian stories since 1978. Many of this country's most beloved and celebrated artists started out on our stage-Cate Blanchett, Michael Gow, Louis Nowra, David Wenham, to name a few-and iconic Australian plays like 'The Boys', 'Holding the Man' and 'The Bleeding Tree' had their world premieres at Griffin, before going on to capture the national imagination. We tell the stories that will help us know who we are as a nation, and who we want to become. Stories about us. Written by us. For us.
Meet Declan Greene
Fresh off the back of launching his first ever season at Griffin, here’s your chance to get to know our new Artistic Director Declan Greene. From his first foray on the Stables stage through to his vision for Griffin’s future, Declan tells us why he wouldn’t want to run any other theatre company, and what’s exciting him artistically as the Stables launches into its next 50 years.
Back from the Brink
In 1985 the Stables Theatre was put up for sale, sparking fear that the home of true Australian storytelling would lost. Griffin Theatre Company’s inaugural Artistic Director Peter Kingston and administrator at the time, Bill Eggerking, tell the remarkable story of how retired psychiatrist and Kings Cross local Dr Rodney Seaborn bought the building and saved the venue. A ‘guardian angel’ of Sydney theatre, he created the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation which not only lends its name to the SBW Stables Theatre, but has continually provided philanthropic support to the performing arts in Australia.
Writing from the Heart
Director David Berthold and playwright Tommy Murphy discuss the pressures of adapting Timothy Conigrave's beautiful memoir Holding the Man for the Stables stage, the deep emotional currency that the piece holds, and their interactions with Timothy's family in the process.
Secret Life of Stage Managers
They are the masters of problem-solving, schedule-writing, secret-keeping, energy-reading, and show-running... And at a quirky theatre like the Stables, they take on all manner of other unexpected roles! Go behind the scenes with three of Griffin's favourite Stage Managers in this episode of the 50 Years of the Stables podcast series.
Accepting the Challenge
When she was Griffin's Artistic Director, Ros Horin decisively re-established the Stables Theatre as a home for new Australian plays. Just a small part of her legacy was to program Andrew Bovell's smash-hit play Speaking in Tongues in 1996, which marked a revolution in Australian playwriting. Hear about how the two collaborated to produce the astounding Speaking in Tongues for the Stables Theatre, which later became the hit film Lantana.
Going Solo with Paul Capsis
In this episode of the 50 Years of the Stables podcast series, Australian theatre stalwart Paul Capsis talks Angela's Kitchen, and reveals the emotional perils of writing and performing the deeply personal story of his family and his Maltese roots.