2020 is a special year for the SBW Stables Theatre. The Stables was rescued by the late Dr Seaborn in 1986 and is, in a way, the birthplace of our Foundation. This is where Dr Seaborn’s philanthropic journey in support of the performing arts began. Following Lillian Horler’s suggestion, he set up his Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation and, shortly afterwards, bought and rescued the Stables and generously offered it back to the Griffin Theatre Company rent free, less outgoings. This gift continues and has allowed the Griffin much freedom to explore fresh, exciting Australian work.
In this 50th Birthday year, the Foundation and Griffin will work to ensure that his generosity is adequately acknowledged. As part of the Griffin’s celebrations there will be a series of free (but you need to register!) rehearsed play readings from the Stables’ 50 year canon on Sundays at 5pm throughout 2020. These readings will be brought to life by some of Australia’s finest directors, with several original cast members reprising their iconic roles. After each reading, former Griffin Script Club captain and theatre reviewer for the Australian John McCallum will lead a Q&A with the creatives involved in each reading. The first two plays are A Hard God by Peter Kenna (9th February) and Mr Bailey’s Minder by Deborah Oswald (24th May).
A Hard God: https://griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/play-reading-a-hard-god/