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Play the Girl

With Clementine Ford, featuring tiaryn

10 March 2024

Remember the little girl you once were? The one who used to dance and play and dream? She’s still there inside you. Waiting for her spotlight.

Join Clementine Ford and Tiaryn, for a funny, warm, heartfelt show that reminds us that it’s not marriage that will save you. It’s you. With talk, music, costumes, and a little bit of witchy magic for good measure. 

Co-curated by Clementine Ford 

I want a world where women are celebrated for who we are, not for who we’re sleeping next to at night.

Clementine Ford

Place yourself at the centre of your story

Leave it to Clementine Ford to take a book that dissects the patriarchal history of marriage in forensic detail and turn it into an hour of incendiary critique, acerbic wit, drama, comedy, music, and even magic.  Based on her latest book, I Don’t: The Case Against Marriage, in “Play the Girl”, Ford makes the case against a world that teaches women that marriage is the only way to find fulfillment, and gives us a beautiful, imploring reminder that you, dear audience, get to place yourself at the centre of your story.  

It’s never too late to find that little girl inside you. The one who dreamed of one day being the main event. It’s time to make that dream come true. Featuring Tiaryn, who joins Ford on vocals and piano. 

Sydney Opera House Presents


Let them call me a witch, a demon, a miserable old hag. These are just words they use to avoid calling me what I actually am, which is the thing that terrifies them most of all. Free.

Clementine Ford
Clementine Ford (she/her)

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne.

Tiaryn Griggs (she/her)

No stranger to the stage, Tiaryn has shared the spotlight with the likes of Sex On Toast, 30/70, Kylie Auldist, The Vaudeville Smash and Sampa The Great, touring nationally and internationally, elevating every show with her enigmatic solos and uninhibited dancing. During her hiatus from Melbourne in a seaside town, Tiaryn explored her sound as a songwriter and composer, emerging with an excitingly authentic voice and a rare combination of influences (Burt Bacharach, Chaka Khan, Frank Ocean, Aldous Harding, The Beach Boys). 

Tiaryn has previously released three eclectic EPs independently, devoted to the craft, she has been forging her sound and her place in the Australian music scene. 

Through the trying times of the pandemic and major shifts in her personal life, Tiaryn has burst through the gruelling last few years with a vibrant, raw and defiant body of work to share. Detailing the demise of an abusive relationship and the deeply perceptive truths she has learned along the way, Tiaryn's honest sensitivity speaks to the vulnerable parts of her audience. She is an alluring performer who’s deeply emotive and powerful voice is made only more engaging by her formidable keys playing. Drawing from a vast collection of influences, ranging from jazz, pop and soul, Tiaryn’s velvet voice, dancing melodies and effervescence captivate audiences of all ages and tastes. 

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