Time Out (Sydney)

Griffin’s defining moments


Speaking in Tongues 1996

This compelling murder mystery, written by Andrew Bovell and directed by Ros Horin, uses interconne­cted narratives to explore the lives of couples in a wealthy Sydney enclave. Later adapted into Lantana, an AFIwinning film starring Anthony LaPaglia, it’s one of Australian theatre’s most harrowing looks at infidelity and trust.

2006 Holding the Man

Tommy Murphy’s stage adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir about the relationsh­ip between Tim and John, high school sweetheart­s who navigate the AIDS crisis, broke Griffin Theatre records and won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for best play.

2012 The Boys

One of the most successful plays in Griffin’s history, Sam Strong’s explosive revival of Gordon Graham’s The Boys – which revolves around the Spragues, three brothers charged with killing a young nurse in Sydney’s west – was a chilling exposé of toxic masculinit­y and violence in the suburbs. It sparked sell-out shows.

2019 Prima Facie

Suzie Miller’s electric one-woman show about the court’s failure to provide justice for women in rape and sexual assault cases, starring Sheridan Harbridge and directed by Lee Lewis, was a rallying cry for a more equitable justice system. It also amplified the #metoo conversati­ons happening offstage.

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