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A Word From Julian, 4 April



Hello Grif-friend,

My identify’s Jules and I’m the Literary Affiliate at Griffin Theatre Firm. Final time we spoke I used to be telling you about how my job largely entails hanging out with writers. I’m a little biased however I believe playwrights are the best individuals to take a seat with at a cocktail party. They’re filled with drama, are all the time prepped with bizarre trivia and are nice at asking questions!

Certainly one of my private playwriting heroes is Louis Nowra—all the time probing, all the time filled with coronary heart and all the time with a glass of chardonnay in hand. With Griffin at present staging his epic The Lewis Trilogy, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to see not solely the exhibits (Summer time of the Aliens is my private fave—convey some tissues!) however the audiences too. I price how good a Griffin present is by whether or not an viewers continues to be speaking a few present by the point they arrive down our stairs. Of an evening, from my workplace (an excellent 60 ft away from the theatre doorways) I can hear the sobs, laughter and chatter of audiences nonetheless speaking concerning the present (on a weekend it’s the particular deal with of seeing an viewers develop right into a mini present household).

Different individuals you’d like to have at a cocktail party are the in-house artists who kind Griffin Studio. Sadly, our 2023 cohort are formally ending their year-long artistic residency this week. I’d like to take the possibility to thank the superb artists who’ve come on board with us this 12 months: Michelle Lim Davidson, Emma Maye Gibson and Randa Sayed. It’s been a pleasure to have you ever across the workplace, to see your artistry develop and your work flourish—consider me, this won’t be the final we see of any of their works! Watch this area!

Not one of the individuals I share an workplace with will agree with this however I want I had a drum at my desk for moments like this. Re-geared to playwrights able to take the leap from promising to confirmed, this 12 months’s Griffin Studio choice course of was thrilling and intensive. With 57 submissions, an intensive longlisting course of and a collection of interviews with an extremely proficient shortlist, three new playwrights shall be becoming a member of this superb community and creating new works for the corporate. The envelope please… our 2024 Studio cohort is…

Josipa Draisma. Jorjia Gillis and Jacob Parker! They’ll be becoming a member of us for a 12 months and changing into embedded within the firm’s Creative group, they’ll participate in boards and masterclasses, obtain an trade mentor in addition to creating a brand new work for the Griffin stage. Can’t wait to see what they’ll stand up to.

Griffin may even be partnering up with Accessible Arts for his or her Subsequent Degree Artistic Mentorship program. We’ll be welcoming again Create NSW Incubator shortlistee and Griffin Studio alum, the superb Bedelia Lowrenčev. They’ll be receiving artistic {and professional} mentorship from the Griffin Creative group and receiving mission funding to develop a pitch for an progressive work of their selecting!

That’s all for me this time however as I all the time say, invite a playwright to a cocktail party you received’t remorse it. Additionally, I’ve now admitted that I can hear you from my desk while you go away the theatre so solely say good issues about me.


Julian Larnach
Literary Affiliate




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