The Bleeding Tree is thrilling theatre that hits close to home. Director Lee Lewis (who is also the artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company) exposes “the Australian heritage of violence against women and asks us to acknowledge our part in it”. Lewis has chosen three strong Australian actors for the world premiere of The Bleeding Tree: Paula Arundell (Mother Courage and her Children), Shari Sebbens (Battle of Waterloo), and Airlie Dodds (Rake).
The play's script earned writer Angus Cerini the 2014 Griffin Award for New Australian Playwriting. It should be an intriguing mash-up of poetry, black comedy and realism — it truly puts the 'gore' in allegory.
Cerini hopes his play demonstrates the power of community in exposing and eliminating domestic abuses. Lewis sees The Bleeding Tree as instigating change in Australian society, and as an example of Griffin’s Theatre company's commitment to this country "making of stories written here, about us, now".
The first preview of The Bleeding Tree coincides with White Ribbon Night In, for which Griffin would like to raise funds and awareness.