Grief Lightning: A Satire In 78 Slides

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One lecturer desperately tries to prove a popular 'Grease' conspiracy: that the whole film is Sandy's coma fantasy.

Part-theatre, part-standup, part-PowerPoint Presentation. One lecturer desperately tries to prove a popular 'Grease' fan theory: that Sandy drowns in the opening beach sequence and the rest of the film is her coma fantasy.

Over the course of 13 scenes, 78 slides, and a flood of custom animations, the lecture warps... dragging the audience down into a world of wigs, jackets, and surreal projection. Deconstructing rigid gender norms, and gloriously rejecting heteronormativity, this is the chaotic liberation you didn't know you needed.

Through this postmodern journey through Reddit, film, and academia, 'Grief Lighting' explores ideas of gender, pop culture, and obsession. If 'Grease' is nothing more than a fantasy, is Sandy's narrative really the best we can hope for?

Presented by Paper Mouth Theatre in co-production with Wickedly Good Productions. 'Grief Lightning' is a finalist for the Midsumma Queer Playwriting Award and has been supported by the South Australian Government through Carclew.

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"A captivating hour that reflects commitment to fandom culture in comedic glory."
— On The Record
"Every now and again, a show tumbles out ... as the start of something much, much bigger. This is one of those shows."
— Stage Whispers
"★★★★1/2 Mary Angley is supreme in this work of surreal fan fiction, conspiracy theories, biting satire and powerpoint."
— InDaily

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Grief Lightning: A Satire in 78 Slides has been supported by the South Australian Government through Carclew.

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Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

WHEN 4, 7 & 8 May | Tue, Fri & Sat 8pm


FULL $32.00
CONC $28.00
GROUP $25.00 - (min 6)


Gasworks Arts Park - Gasworks Theatre

21 Graham St, Albert Park

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1 to stop 31


236 to Graham/Pickles St | bus 606 to Bridport/Richardson St

Event notes


New Work,Melbourne Premiere


This production contains occasional strong coarse language, occasional strong sexual references, references to death and drowning, discussion of sexual assault, abrupt lighting changes, intense “glitchy” audio, and fast-paced projected visuals.

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