The place I dwell, within the Inside West, on Gadigal and Wangal Nation, the wattle is in bloom. This feels serendipitous, given we’re deep within the throes of rehearsal for our subsequent Primary Season present—the extraordinary, heart-hurting Whitefella Yella Tree by Dylan Van Den Berg. The yella tree in Dylan’s play shouldn’t be wattle—it’s a tree that bears an odd yellow fruit that confuses characters Ty and Neddy. However after that includes in our luminous present trailer, wattle now feels someway a part of the play’s cinematic universe…
I’m presently within the second-last week of rehearsals for Dylan’s play, working as co-director alongside the exceptional Amy Sole (who can be the recently-appointed Inventive Affiliate of Ilbijerri). Amy and I’ve been relishing within the intelligence, complexity, and creativeness of Dylan’s writing. As we watch the work taking form there’s a lot to be enthusiastic about. The performances of Man Simon and Callan Purcell, the beautiful design by Mason Browne, lush sounds by Steve Toulmin, all of the shades of sundown in Kelsey Lee’s lighting design… Photographer Brett Boardman captured a few valuable moments within the rehearsal room final week, which I hope convey even a tenth of the enjoyment radiating out of this inventive course of.
If there’s any level of apprehension I really feel about Whitefella Yella Tree, it’s purely that it has a tricky act to comply with…! Final Saturday was the ultimate efficiency of Merlynn Tong’s Golden Blood (黄金血液)—and we’ll actually miss Merlynn, Charles Wu, and the damaging, heart-rending world they evoked on the SBW Stables stage each night time below Tessa Leong’s course. I’m so happy with everybody who labored on the present and the Griffin workers supporting the inventive crew each step of the way in which. It was totally deserving of its slate of glowing evaluations and the viewers suggestions it acquired night time after night time.
Additionally, in different bittersweet information, you will have seen our announcement on our social pages concerning the postponement of Blaque Showgirls into our 2023 Season. In case you didn’t catch this on the time, this choice was not at all a straightforward one to make, however director Shari Sebbens has landed an thrilling new appearing function (to be introduced quickly!), and playwright Nakkiah Lui simply introduced a stunning new child into the world! You may be taught extra by studying the FAQs over on the Griffin weblog, and all ticket holders have been contacted by the Griffin Field Workplace with subsequent steps for his or her tickets. We’re so excited that Blaque Showgirls would be the glitzy, gargantuan jewel for subsequent 12 months—think about this a salacious sneak peek!
Even with out Blaque Showgirls there’s nonetheless a lot extra theatre at Griffin in 2022. Our closing Griffin Lookout present for the 12 months, Mom Might We (created and carried out by the magnificent Mel Ree) is gearing as much as take residence within the SBW Stables Theatre for 2 weeks throughout September and October, after which the despicably pleasant Ash Flanders is bringing his acclaimed one man present Finish Of. to the SBW Stables direct from Melbourne, directed by Stephen Nicolazzo, contemporary off the again of his beautiful manufacturing of Searching for Alibrandi. I hear very thrilling issues coming from the inventive crew already—this one’s gonna be fairly particular.
And that’s the whole lot from me. I can’t wait to point out you the great thing about Whitefella Yella Tree in simply a few weeks’ time—I’ll see you on the theatre!
A lot love,