the grief trilogy

This body of work by Liv Satchell includes I sat and waited but you were gone too long (2016), my sister feather (2018), and let bleeding girls lie (2020).

I sat and waited but you were gone too long

Emily Tomlins and Komang Rosie Clynes. I sat and waited but you were gone too long, La Mama Explorations 2016.
Photo by Darren Gill.
“I’M STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A HILL AND THE SEA IS ROARING TOWARDS ME. I HAVE TO HOLD ON, TO ANYTHING, THE GRASS, DIRT, ANYTHING I CAN GET A GRIP ON SO THAT IT DOESN’T SUCK ME BACK OUT WITH IT. EVERY TIME IT CRASHES OVER ME I KNOW THAT I MIGHT OPEN MY EYES IN WATER.”

A motherless girl and a nameless woman meet in a swimming pool changing room. They both thought they’d be alone here. Neither of them can leave. They sit together and gradually realise that they may find comfort in each other.

I sat and waited but you were gone too long explores the relationship between grief and the female body, the difficulty of speech, and the intimacy of strangers.

It was shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights and showcased at the 2016 National Play Festival.


my sister feather

“I thought I’d let her know I made it after all.”

Tilly and Egg have been waiting for their mother to find them. They haven’t seen her since she disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek when they were kids.

They’re middle-aged when Tilly receives two letters from her. She’s dead. Egg’s in prison, and Tilly needs special permission to visit and let her know.

Tilly was supposed to keep Egg close but it’s only the spectre of their mother that now brings them back together.

my sister feather was nominated for Best Direction and Best Set and Costume at the 2019 Green Room Awards, as well as the Max Afford Playwrights Award and Rodney Seaborn Play Award.

let bleeding girls lie

Emily Tomlins, Belinda McClory, and Chanella Macri. Let bleeding girls lie creative development, November 2019.
Image by Jack Dixon-Gunn.

Let bleeding girls lie examines the unexpected intimacy between Grace, Juice, and Lou, three
strangers donating plasma at the Collins Street blood bank on the morning of the Manchester Arena attack.

Let bleeding girls lie is scheduled for production in Melbourne in October 2020. Details TBC.

It has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and the Rodney Seaborn Play Award.