Coming home from her sister’s funeral, Grace decides that at 87 years old… her time has come. She’s done with it all. She’s ready to leave the party.

Her daughter, Dorothy, decides her mum is just depressed. She makes it her mission to show Grace the beauty of living. But Dorothy is divorced. Stuck in a dead-end job. Estranged from her own daughter, Suzie, who lives halfway across the world. Soon, Dorothy starts to worry that her mum might have the right idea.

Pushing up daisies. Kicking the bucket. Ghosting the Party. The euphemisms are endless. For a phenomenon so certain and all-encompassing, humans are terribly good at looking for ways to avoid talking about death. It’s easy to forget that the concept of ‘checking out’ can be complex, contradictory—funny, even. Especially when an old lady with a bone-dry wit is involved.

Three generations of women face brutal questions of mortality in this uproarious pitch-black comedy from Melissa Bubnic, internationally-renowned writer of Boys Will Be Boys and Beached, with Griffin’s Associate Artist Andrea James in the director’s chair—hand on heart and tongue in cheek. Painted with poetry, unflinching honesty and an almost absurd amount of biting one-liners, confronting death has never been this (gravely) funny.

Winner of The Lysicrates Prize

Event Access

Closed Captioned Performance Date
Ghosting The Party by Melissa Bubnic
Tuesday 24 May 7PM

Venue Access

The historic SBW Stables Theatre is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible and may present challenges to people with limited mobility—there are 17 steps that lead up to the theatre.

Griffin’s foyer and bar are both wheelchair accessible, and there is a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the ground floor. We can reserve seating for vision impaired people as well as those with limited mobility.

The Griffin team is happy to assist you with your individual access needs—email us or give our Box Office a call to enquire.

Griffin is a member of the Companion Card program. To find out more, we encourage you to contact our Box Office.

All Griffin’s Main Season productions include a captioned performance. Read more about the shows, and find booking links to each captioned performance below. Just make sure you select the ‘Closed Caption’ option when booking online so that we can accommodate you. We can also send you a complimentary digital copy of the script upon request.

2022 Season Captioned Performances

Orange Thrower by Kirsty Marillier
Tuesday 8 March

Ghosting The Party by Melissa Bubnic
Tuesday 24 May

Golden Blood by Merlynn Tong
Tuesday 12 July

Whitefella Yella Tree by Dylan Van Den Berg
Tuesday 30 August

End Of. by Ash Flanders
Wednesday 19 October

Blaque Showgirls by Nakkiah Lui
Tuesday 29 November

Special Return Season
Green Park by Elias Jamieson Brown (at Sydney Festival)
Tuesday 25 January

Our captioned performances are made possible with the support of Ai-Media.

Event type

Other accessible and inclusive event

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