Grief Lightning: A Satire In 78 Slides Paper Mouth Theatre & Wickedly Good Productions

- Performing Arts Midsumma Festival

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Part-theatre, part-standup, part-PowerPoint Presentation. One lecturer desperately tries to prove a popular 'Grease' fan theory: that Sandy drowns in the opening beach sequence and the rest of the film is her coma fantasy.

Over the course of 13 scenes, 78 slides, and a flood of custom animations, the lecture warps... Dragging the audience down into a world of wigs, jackets, and surreal projection. Deconstructing rigid gender norms, and gloriously rejecting heteronormativity, this is the chaotic liberation you didn't know you needed.

Through this postmodern journey through Reddit, film, and academia, 'Grief Lighting' explores ideas of gender, pop culture, and obsession. If 'Grease' is nothing more than a fantasy, is Sandy's narrative really the best we can hope for?

Presented by Paper Mouth Theatre in co-production with Wickedly Good Productions. 'Grief Lightning' is a finalist for the Midsumma Queer Playwriting Award and has been supported by the South Australian Government through Carclew.

  • Reviews:

    A captivating hour that reflects commitment to fandom culture in comedic glory. ★★★★★

    - On The Record

    Every now and again, a show tumbles out ... as the start of something much, much bigger. This is one of those shows. ★★★★★

    - Stage Whispers
  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 May, 8pm - 9pm

    Seat selection is not available for this performance, seating is General Admission. 

    Full $32

    Concession $28

    Group (6+) $25

    Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 03 8606 4200 or in-person at our reception office (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm).

    Running Time:
    60 minutes
    Gasworks Theatre
    Recommended for 15+
    Wheelchair Accessible
    This productions contains occasional strong coarse language, strong sexual references, references to death & drowning, discussion of sexual assault, abrupt lighting changes, intense "glitchy" audio, and fast-paced projected visuals.
  • Credits
    Caitlin Ellen Moore, Sound: Dan Thorpe, Tech: Lachlan Campball
    Mary Angley
    Laura Franklin