Skip to main content

Grief Lightning: A satire in 78 Slides

Grief Lightning: A satire in 78 Slides

6 July 2023 | 6:30PM | From $32  |  6:30PM  |  Theatre Royal: Studio Theatre |  15+

Whether you love or hate the movie Grease – You’ll love this show.

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.

This one-person performance by Mary Angley deconstructs rigid gender norms, and gloriously rejects 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?

Supported by the South Australian Government through Carclew.
Melbourne Fringe’s NSW Touring Award 2022 | Theatre & Performance Weekly Award at Fringe World Perth 2023
Buy tickets
Build your own itinerary this year at Festival of Voices!

Receive up to a 15% discount if you select three or more concerts in the one transaction. Keep an eye on our social media channels for suggested itineraries. There is a diverse range of concerts for you to choose from to fill your calendar across the 10 days of the Festival.

3 concerts ~ 10% off
6 or more concerts ~ 15% off

Discounts are only applicable on performance tickets, and only apply to full price tickets. Tickets must be purchased in the same transaction. If you select a Concession ticket for a performance as part of a discount package, the lowest price will apply for that ticket. Workshops and seminars are not included in our Performance Packages.



Seat at a table of 4 or 8.
Table Seat – $59


Premium – $42
A Reserve – $38


A Reserve – $38
B Reserve – $32

*A Booking Fee of $3.00 applies, plus a 2.2% Basket Fee which will be calculated at check-out.




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

VENUE: Theatre Royal: Studio Theatre

Getting to the venue 

  • The Theatre Royal Studio Theatre is at 27-29 Campbell St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • Drop off car spaces are available at the entrance to the Theatre Royal on Collins Street. 
  • 2 accessible parking spaces are available outside the Theatre Royal on Collins Street (1 hour time limit applies)
  • Please follow this link to experience a virtual tour of the venue. 


Assistive Listening 

  • The Theatre Royal Studio Theatre is equipped with an Assisted Hearing Service that offers amplified sound through dedicated headphones or using a neck loop that interacts with modern hearing aid devices, and also has ability to connect Hearing Aids to the system. This equipment can be collected, complimentary, from the Box Office. There are a limited number of these units and bookings are essential. Please contact the Theatre Royal Box Office – 03 6146 3300 to discuss your needs and reserve a device for your attendance and the team will ensure that the equipment is ready for your collection on arrival. 

Guide Dog / Registered Assistance Animals welcome 

Wheelchair Accessibility

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • Lift access is available from the main foyer entrance reaching all building levels including the box office, Main Stage Stalls, Dress Circle and Gallery. 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on every level of the Theatre Royal building. 

Mary Angley

Mary Angley (she/they) is an award-winning theatremaker and a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts’ Master of Directing program.

Angley has performed her critically acclaimed solo show Grief Lightning: A Satire in 78 Slides at Fokus Creatives, The Bakehouse Theatre, House of Spaghetti, Gasworks Theatre, and RUMPUS, among more. Most recently, she acted in the role of “Samuel’s Mother” in her play, YOU’RE ALL INVITED TO MY SON SAMUEL’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY PARTY. This work was selected for The Mill’s Centre Stage Residency and received the Melbourne Fringe’s Tour Ready Award.

Conditions of Sale

Contact Us

For assistance please contact us on 03 6224 5975 or at

We also have this helpful form.

Plan Your Festival


Use code FOVOWS2023 to receive the Festival rate


Quote Festival of Voices to receive a 10% discount on accommodation


Use code FOV23 for a 10% discount on accommodation

Travel with RED DECKER BUS

Quote Festival of Voices to receive a 2 for 1 discount on ticket purchases.


Quote Festival of Voices to receive a 15% discount on accommodation