Rough Draft #42: Siti Rubiyah

Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer TheatreFree

Rough Draft = creative development² + a free public showing


By Katrina Irawati Graham

About Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts supports the development of new Australian works by providing artists with an opportunity to experiment and grow their ideas. Writers, directors and theatre makers are given access to a rehearsal space, a paid team of actors or creatives and dramaturgical support. They may use the week and resources to embark on something currently unscripted or they might choose to develop a script that is already complete in draft form. The outcomes vary greatly according to the project.

At the end of the workshop week, we invite you into the development process to have a sneak peak of a work in progress at the free public showing. These showings are an opportunity for the artists to test their ideas in front of an audience... and it’s a chance for you to learn about how new plays are made.

The Project

Siti Rubiyah is the first play by feminist horror filmmaker Katrina Irawati Graham, a contemporary Indonesian-Australian work inspired in part by Mochtar Lubis’s classic 1975 novel Harimau! Harimau! (Tiger!).

In Lubis’s original work, the vulnerable young Siti Rubiyah is abandoned to her fate at the hands of powerful shaman Wak Hitam. Graham’s re-imagining places the character Siti Rubiyah at the centre of an evocative story set deep in a Sumatran jungle, where magic surrealism and horror elements weave a mythical parallel world.

The Artists

Writer Katrina Irawati Graham
Director Tessa Leong
With Michelle Lim Davidson, Vanessa Downing, Badaidilaga Maftuh-Flynn, Courtney Stewart


Fri 24 May at 6.30pm
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre

Content warning Sexual violence and adult themes. More info.

Siti Rubiyah was developed through the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of CAAP and Playwriting Australia supported by the Girgensohn Foundation. It is commissioned by CAAP.