the grief trilogy

The Grief Trilogy explores transformational encounters between women in public space. Created over the last five years by writer/director Liv Satchell with some of Melbourne’s most prestigious artists, La Mama has programmed these plays in a three-week season 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 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 was 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, and was also shortlisted for the Max Afford Playwrights Award and Rodney Seaborn Play 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 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 and the Rodney Seaborn Play Award.