Griffin Theatre Company Will Present FAMILY VALUES By David Williamson
David Williamson at his angry best in a new play set to open Griffin's 2020 Season. In 2020, Griffin Theatre Company will open the year with a new play from David Williamson, Family Values, a blackly comic drama examining Australia's inept response to the refugee crisis, directed by Lee Lewis and starring Andrew McFarlane.
Griffin's Artistic Director Lee Lewis says, "David's belief that comedy can reveal our harshest truths is undimmed, and his hope that theatre can change hearts and minds remains an inspiration to the whole industry."
Roger (Andrew McFarlane) is a celebrated federal judge. For his birthday he wants nothing more than to reminisce about the good times with his wife and his three children-a leader of a born-again Christian church, a Border Force ship-hand and a left-wing activist. When a surprise guest turns out to be an asylum seeker on the run from Nauru, the fault lines that divide Australia play out in one family's living room.
Family Values is David Williamson at his angry best: furious that his generation has retired from defending the socially compassionate values on which they claim to have built this country. He says "Family Values is a term used by our government as a code for 'we hate diversity', and I think this is what my play is saying."
Australian acting stalwarts Andrew McFarlane (Miss Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries; Mary Stuart, Sydney Theatre Company; Secret City, Glitch) and Belinda Giblin (The Turquoise Elephant, Griffin; Home and Away, Sons and Daughters) will be joined by Danielle King (No End of Blame, Sport for Jove; Doctor Doctor, The Let Down, ABC) Jamie Oxenbould (The Literati, Griffin and Bell Shakespeare; The Dapto Chaser, Griffin Independent), Ella Prince (4:48 Psychosis, Redline at The Old Fitz; A Girl Is Half Formed Thing, KXT) and Bishanyia Vincent (The Last Wife, Ensemble Theatre; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Darlinghurst Theatre Company; Lighten Up, Griffin Independent).
For 50 years, David Williamson has shown us the best and worst of ourselves. And as Griffin Theatre Company's home the Stables turns 50, it is only fitting that the country's most successful playwright returns to where he first began.
Director Lee Lewis
Dramaturg Van Badham
Set & Costume Designer Sophie Fletcher
Lighting Designer Benjamin Brockman
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Stage Manager Khym Scott
With Belinda Giblin, Danielle King, Andrew McFarlane, Jamie Oxenbould, Ella Prince, Bishanyia Vincent
Preview 17 - 21 January
Opening Nights 22 & 23 January
Season 24 January - 7 March
Monday - Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross, NSW
Bookings 02 9361 3817 or griffintheatre.com.au
Full $62 | Senoirs/Preview Group 8+ $52 | Concession $46 | Under 35 $38
Monday Rush $20 - available from 12 noon on Mondays for that evening's performance
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