2014 Griffin Award Winner Announced

June 27, 2014 | Author

Multi-award winning playwright, Angus Cerini, takes home the $10,000 Griffin Award prize for The Bleeding Tree.

On Wednesday, 25 June the Griffin Theatre Company hosted its 17th annual Griffin Award. The award recognises outstanding play or performance text which conveys an “authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voice,” with the winner taking home a $10,000 cash prize.

Angus Cerini, Melbourne-based playwright, took out the award for his horror-comedy, The Bleeding Tree. The play, as described by Lee Lewis in the Sydney Morning Herald, “answers big, big questions in only a way a playwright can, with all the dexterity of every form of storytelling: it’s gory, it’s gothic, it’s violent, it’s poetic and it’s insightful. The language is so inventive and visceral and musical, I would describe it as a thrash opera.”

Lewis goes on to say, that Cerini’s “writing is like watching acrobatics at the circus. It’s fast and furious. It’s don’t-try-this-at-home writing. He can even make comedy out of death and decay. The comedy of maggots in this play is quite breathtaking.”

Cerini and fellow shortlisted playwrights, Mary Anne Butler, Glyn Roberts, Dianne Stubbings and Vivienne Walshe also received a $1,000 cash prize thanks to Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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