the grief trilogy

The Grief Trilogy is three thematically linked plays exploring how women connect in public space through their experiences of grief and loss. Created over the last six years by writer/director Liv Satchell with some of Melbourne’s most prestigious theatre artists, this body of work will be presented at La Mama Courthouse in March 2023.

I sat and waited but you were gone too long

I sat and waited but you were gone too long by Liv Satchell, 2016, La Mama Explorations. Pictured: Emily Tomlins and Rosie Clynes. Photo by Darren Gill.

A grieving 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 was showcased at the 2016 National Play Festival. As Satchell’s VCA graduation project, it had a creative development season as part of La Mama Explorations (pictured above).

my sister feather

‘Satchell and her team admirably demonstrate that good theatre doesn’t need big casts and bigger sets. All it needs is a couple of great actors and a script that has something to say.’

Witness Performance

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 and was shortlisted for the Max Afford Playwrights Award and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.

let bleeding girls lie

let bleeding girls lie by Liv Satchell, 2021, La Mama Courthouse. Pictured: Emily Tomlins, Belinda McClory and Chanella Macri. Photo by Darren Gill.

‘let bleeding girls lie is a funny and profoundly touching play, stylishly designed and directed, that touches on sombre subjects such as gendered violence, or women’s experience of loneliness and ageing, with empathy and humour.’
– The Age ★★★★

‘Satchell and the rest of her team have a trust and reverence for the theatrical power of stillness and it’s one they take profound advantage of; before a line had even been uttered I felt an intuitive understanding of all three of these compellingly ordinary women and would have followed them wherever they cared to take me.’

– Theatre People ★★★★

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. Live carnage unfolds on the news, forcing private lives into public space as the women seek strength in each other. 

let bleeding girls lie played to sold out houses at La Mama Courthouse in December 2021. It was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award and represented Australia at the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference in June 2022. It was shortlisted for five Green Room Awards including Best Production, Best Ensemble and Best Direction, winning Best New Writing for Independent Theatre.