The place I dwell, within the Internal 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 Major Season present—the extreme, 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 a wierd yellow fruit that confuses characters Ty and Neddy. However after that includes in our luminous present trailer, wattle now feels by some means 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 outstanding 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 may be a lot to be enthusiastic about. The performances of Man Simon and Callan Purcell, the gorgeous 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 artistic 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 harmful, heart-rending world they evoked on the SBW Stables stage each night time underneath Tessa Leong’s course. I’m so happy with everybody who labored on the present and the Griffin workers supporting the artistic staff each step of the way in which. It was totally deserving of its slate of glowing opinions and the viewers suggestions it obtained night time after night time.
Additionally, in different bittersweet information, you might 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 in no way a simple 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 yr—contemplate this a salacious sneak peek!
Even with out Blaque Showgirls there’s nonetheless lots extra theatre at Griffin in 2022. Our last Griffin Lookout present for the yr, 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 In search of Alibrandi. I hear very thrilling issues coming from the artistic staff already—this one’s gonna be fairly particular.
And that’s all the things from me. I can’t wait to indicate you the fantastic thing about Whitefella Yella Tree in simply a few weeks’ time—I’ll see you on the theatre!
A lot love,