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Grief and the Lullaby


Nominated for 4 Green Room Awards

- Best Male Performer: Ben Pfeiffer

- Best Set Design: Andrew Bailey

- Best Lighting Design: Lisa Mibus

- Best Writing: Patrick McCarthy


“Have you ever caught your reflection in a window and thought it was one of us?”


Unfolding across a single scene, Grief and the Lullaby is a drama of lightness and sensitivity, examining the quiet moments of connection that occur between a group of semi-strangers in a garden at night.


This new work explores what it means to grow apart from those you grew up with, and the difficulty of bridging that space when you’re drawn together again.


Writer-Director Patrick McCarthy launches his new company Fabricated Rooms with this delicate and moving work, bringing together an accomplished team of collaborators. With this debut project, the company is beginning a new conversation with audiences around the meeting point of new writing and formal experimentation.


Writer and Director Patrick McCarthy

Dramaturg (text) Raimondo Cortese

Creative Producer and Dramaturg (performance) Mark Rogers

Set Design Andrew Bailey

Lighting Design Lisa Mibus

Sound Design Tommy Spender

Costume Design Zoe Rouse

Assistant Director Mick Roe

Stage Manager Amy Broomstick

Cast Rebecca Bower, Dean Cartmel, Ryan Forbes, Ben Pfeiffer


Presented by Fabricated Rooms and Theatre Works, in partnership with the VCA. 


Grief and the Lullaby is presented as part of Flight: A Festival of New Writing. 


Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Dates: 14 Aug - 23 Aug, 2015 


"Delicate and moving, yet hard-hitting and immobilising, this new work explores the trajectory of individual lives and the relationships that entwine them...We observe the complexities of the inter-character dynamics and can’t help but reflect on the deep need we have as humans to connect, and the overwhelming struggles we face in order to do so...The cast are phenomenal – effective and engaging both as a whole and individually. 4 Stars."- Theatre People


"A very moving and insightful work...All four actors embody complex individual characters with considerable skill...Exquisite theatre."- Stage Whispers







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