the grief trilogy

The Grief Trilogy by Liv Satchell, La Mama Courthouse Summer 2023. Pictured: Emily Tomlins, Chanella Macri and Belinda McClory. Photo by Jack Dixon-Gunn.



Created over the last seven years by writer/director Liv Satchell with an ensemble of Melbourne’s leading theatre artists, The Grief Trilogy brought together the critically acclaimed productions let bleeding girls lie and my sister feather and the world premiere of I sat and waited but you were gone too long to La Mama Courthouse in March 2023. Nominated for seven Green Room Awards and produced for the first time as a complete body of work, these plays explored transformational encounters between strangers and our desire for connection in the face of loss, grief, and violence.

I sat and waited but you were gone too long is a gorgeous invitation to surrender to sensory aspects of witnessing live performance […] It’s dazzling to see work tailored with such skill to such unique artists.”

Theatre Matters ★★★★★

“Indie theatre in Melbourne so rarely has return or encore seasons and it’s a real gift to have Liv’s work presented in total in this way. [The] Grief Trilogy is an incredible achievement.”

Theatre First

“Satchell’s script explores grief from a place of truth and visceral, lived-in understanding. […] My Sister Feather is a feast of powerful storytelling, riveting relationships and truly masterful artistry from all involved.”

Theatre Travels

“This moving exploration of both the physical and psychological aspects of the female experience makes Let Bleeding Girls Lie a masterpiece that more people need to see.”

Theatre Travels

This meditation on the difficulties of life and relationships and how we carry our grief ends with the beauty and solace of a lullaby which is reminder, as are the trio of plays, that once born we are wrapped in relationships which lead to harrowing pain and to unexpected comfort.”

Stage Whispers

Written by Liv Satchell for Chanella Macri, Belinda McClory, Emily Tomlins

Directed by Liv Satchell

Dramaturgy by Emma Valente

Production Design by James Lew

Sound Design by Tom Backhaus and Hannah McKittrick

Lighting Design by John Collopy with Jason Crick

Stage Managed by Ashleigh Walwyn

Produced by Julian Dibley-Hall

Assistant Directed by Leigh Lule

Presented by VIMH

This production was supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants, the Robert Salzer Foundation, and received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab..