Three plays. Eight actors. Ten glorious weeks. One epic experience.
The Lewis Trilogy is an unmissable theatrical journey at the home of Australian playwriting.
One of Australia’s most legendary dramatists, Louis Nowra is synonymous with the beating heart of Kings Cross.
It’s only fitting, then, that Griffin bids a temporary farewell to its home at the SBW Stables Theatre as we know it by staging The Lewis Trilogy —Nowra’s colourful portrait of a life well lived in the beloved plays Summer of the Aliens, Così and This Much is True.
With an ensemble of eight of Sydney’s favourite actors including the great Paul Capsis (Angela’s Kitchen), Griffin’s Artistic Director Declan Greene stages three of Nowra’s most iconic plays like you’ve never seen them before—bursting the seams of the SBW Stables Theatre with love, loss and glorious Australiana. What better way to celebrate the Stables’ Darlinghurst legacy before the theatre undergoes its major redevelopment?
Enjoy a magical full-day experience at Griffin — The Lewis Trilogy is a special event of epic proportions that is not to be missed.
[SUMMER OF THE ALIENS] When times are tough and you’re a teenager with an overactive imagination, extraterrestrial life forms don’t seem all that absurd.
It’s 1962, and Lewis is an average fourteen-year-old on the outskirts of working-class Melbourne. In the blistering heat of summer he forages for shell casings at the rifle range, sneaks into sci-fi double features, and tries to understand how the hell you talk to girls.
Then, lights start flashing in the night sky. The adults start acting weird. And strangers arrive from distant lands.
Set against the backdrop of the Cuban missile crisis, Summer of the Aliens is a sun-soaked coming-of-age classic all about class, closed doors and global catastrophes of galactic proportions.
[COSÌ] One of Australia’s great classics is given a fantastical makeover.
Lewis is a fresh university graduate who’s been enlisted to direct a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the in-patients at a mental health ward. As rehearsals begin, visions of theatrical grandeur soar—contrary to the lack of budget, talent and willingness of most cast members.
Outside, Australia’s anti-Vietnam war movement is reaching fever pitch. Inside, tensions are becoming operatic.
Così is Louis Nowra’s most beloved play—a comic commentary on everything from the healing power of art as therapy, to Australia’s shifting approach to mental health, to the nature of theatre itself.
[THIS MUCH IS TRUE] Pull up a bar stool, pour yourself a chardonnay and get ready for a good old-fashioned Darlinghurst yarn.
The maraschino cherry on the Trilogy, This Much is True is Louis Nowra’s ode to the old timers, motley crews and unknowing raconteurs that commune at the local watering hole. Now middle-aged and divorced, Lewis weaves together the tales of the larger-than-life characters he calls friends at a historic inner-city pub.
Plonked between social housing and multi-million dollar apartments, high flyers and low-lying criminals, This Much is True is a divine comedy that examines the everyday. As the sun sets on The Lewis Trilogy, you’ll leave the SBW Stables Theatre seeing Kings Cross in a magically different light.
Summer of the Aliens: Commences at 1:00pm (45-minute recess break) | Così: Commences at 3:15pm (2-hour dinner break) | This Much is True: Commences at 7:00pm
February 9th, 2024
April 21st, 2024
GETTING TO THE THEATRE:
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The SBW Stables Theatre is located just a 5-minute walk from Kings Cross Station which is regularly served by trains on the T4 Eastern Suburbs line and the 311, 324 and 325 buses. To get information about public transport around Sydney call 131 500 or visit the Transport Info website.
BY CAR: Secure Parking is a 10-minute walk to the SBW Stables Theatre and is located at 9A Elizabeth Bay Road (entry via Ward Avenue). The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. There is timed, street parking in the surrounding area, however, availability cannot be not guaranteed.
THE LEWIS TRILOGY EXPERIENCE
A historic Griffin event deserves an epic full-day experience. Book in to see the entire Trilogy on one day—commencing at 1pm on either Saturday or Sunday.
Weekend Trilogy experiences include one short interval and a dinner break.
“I wanted the three plays to be really affectionate towards human beings. Another playwright could take the asylum and housing commission and make them into a really dark play. No, I wanted to say that these people make up my world, they’ve influenced me greatly, they give me so much more than I give them.” - Louis Nowra
Director: Declan Greene
Associate Director: Daley Rangi
Cast: Thomas Campbell, Paul Capsis, Philip Lynch and Nikki Viveca
Set Designer: Jeremy Allen
Costume Designer: Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer: Kelsey Lee
Composer & Sound Designer: Daniel Herten
Stage Manager: Isabella Kerdijk
Consultant, Disability: Christopher Bryant
Consultant, Inclusion: Bayley Turner
The Lewis Trilogy runs for Summer of the Aliens: Commences at 1:00pm (45-minute recess break) | Così: Commences at 3:15pm (2-hour dinner break) | This Much is True: Commences at 7:00pm.
The Lewis Trilogy is at Darlinghurst's Griffin Theatre - SBW Stables Theatre.
The Lewis Trilogy tickets start at $224.
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