GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
BY HILARY BELL
Tales of missing children have always held a terrible fascination. In Celtic folklore, babies were stolen from their beds by envious fairies, and changelings left in their place. These days, when a child disappears the media grabs us by the throat and won’t let us go. The names of these vanished children haunt the headlines for days, weeks, years.
Hilary Bell’s disquieting and downright chilling thriller Splinter channels tabloid news and primal fears alike. A couple are reunited with their missing daughter. Fierce love has sustained them through her unbearable absence. But now she’s home…something just isn’t right. How do they stop their imaginations running wild? Maybe if they return to the beach house where they spent their happiest summers, they’ll return to their old selves.
Revisiting the sinister territories of Wolf Lullaby, Splinter reunites Bell’s supreme atmospherics with another powerhouse performance from sister Lucy as a mother forced to confront the unthinkable. Directed by Lee Lewis (Rice) and starring Lucy Bell (Speaking in Tongues, All Saints) and Simon Gleeson (Les Miserables, EastEnders), this claustrophobic chamber piece questions how well we know our families.
“Bell is brittle and beautiful…Gleeson is more of a dark force, snapping from hope to fear… Together, they braid together the halting, shifting words in a seamless, pacy crescendo of suspense ★★★★” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Two superb performances…draw the audience deep into a labyrinth where there are no easy answers…Recommended without reservation” ★★★★- StageNoise
“…a gothic thriller full of ambiguity, in which we watch a relationship founder under all the strain” – Limelight
“Lucy Bell and Simon Gleeson perform the piece with extraordinary conviction….There is a supernatural quality to Splinter that is almost inevitable, in its depiction of psychological disturbance. In those moments, the audience participates in seeing things that are not present, almost like artists who have the Midas touch, able to make something out of nothing, and in the process, giving to their communities a kind of magic that brings elevation to us all” – suziegosee.com.
La Maison Dinner/Show Deal
Buy a ticket to the show and enjoy a main meal and a glass of wine at La Maison before the evening show on Tues, Thurs, Fri or Sat for only $80 per person.
Patrons must be seated by 6.15 PM. Choose the La Maison price when booking your tickets.
Tickets must be booked 24 hours in advance. All sales are final at the time of booking.
Tues 15 October 8 pm
Wed 16 October 6.30 pm
Thurs 17 October 8 pm
Fri 18 October 8 pm
Sat 19 October 3 pm (Audio described)
Sat 19 October 8 pm
$52 / Full Price
$43 / Concession
$30 / Student
For Group prices please contact the office on 02 6021 7433.
All tickets are $15
$30 / Full Price
$25 / Concession
$30 / Full Price
$25 / Concession
Call us on 02 6021 7433 to find out more about affordable tickets for school students and their teachers.
We require you to show your valid concession, student or companion card when entering the theatre.
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Our Concession rate is available to Australian Pensioners, Seniors, Health Care Cardholders, MEAA Members and patrons using Audio Description services. Proof of eligibility is required when booking or collecting tickets.
Red Hot Rush tickets
If you are under 26 or hold a valid student card, you can buy tickets from the box office for $20 to any HotHouse show within one hour of the performance. A valid proof of age or Student ID is required.
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