An ox stand on my tongue


An ox stand
on my tongue

  • 20 Sep – 8 Oct 23 Downstairs Theatre
  • 90 minutes (no interval)

An ox stand
on my tongue

by Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Directed by Abbie-lee Lewis

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 20 Sep – 8 Oct 23
  • Duration 90 minutes (no interval)
  • Accessibility
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  • Content warning

    This performance contains strong adult themes including references to and descriptions of violence, sexual violence, matricide, and infanticide; racist, homophobic, xenophobic and ableist language is used.

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Helen and Clytemnestra live the domestic goddess dream in myth made modern.

An ox stand on my tongue asks what if the infamous femme fatale and vilified husband murderer had actually once believed in an idealised domestic dream? What compelled them to justify – or to suppress – the experiences they had endured. 

This is a play about two women who try – who really do try – to be well behaved, to be the perfect housewife, but who just happen to end up becoming the world’s most notorious adulterer and Husband killing Matricide.

WHAT IS 25A? 25A is a Belvoir initiative to support the artists of the future. It has been made by independent and emerging artists. They have produced and marketed it themselves. They get 100% of the box office and the theatre for free. Their task is to make a show for less than $2500. Thanks for supporting the artists of the future.


  • Full price (adult) $25
  • Previews $20

25A Tickets

Tickets to 25A productions are $25 and Previews are $20. Tickets are available online and at the door.



  • Jane Montgomery Griffiths
  • Abbie-Lee Lewis
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    Abbie-Lee Lewis is a Kalkadoon actress who trained on the Aboriginal Theatre and Acting courses at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Perth.Her credits include Seanna Van Helten’s Fallen, directed by Penny Harpham, for Sport for Jove; Our Town, directed by Clare Watson, for the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia; a […]

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  • Cast

  • Jessica Bentley
  • Angela Nica Sullen
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    Angela can be seen as series regular, Robbie, in the ABC television series, MOTHER AND SON, opposite Matt Okine and Denise Scott. Last year she starred as recurring guest star, Sarah Baker, in NBC’s LA BREA. She is an actor that has equal success across stage and screen having starred in Griffin Theatre’s ORANGE THROWER, […]

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  • Creatives

  • Emily Stokes 
  • Kelsey Lee
    Set & Lighting Designer
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    Kelsey is a lighting, set and costume designer for theatre and film. Lighting design credits include Blue (Belvoir), as associate lighting designer, A Room of One’s Own (Belvoir); Extinction of The Learned Response, Skyduck, Kasama Kita (Belvoir 25A); Sex Magick and Whitefella Yella Tree as co-designer(Griffin Theatre Company); Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare); Unqualified 2: Still Unqualified, A Letter for Molly, Killing Katie and Outdated (Ensemble Theatre); Queen Fatima (NTofP with Sydney Festival); April Aardvark (ATYP); Good Dog, If We […]

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  • Grace Deacon
    Costume & Props Designer
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    Grace is a production and costume designer working across stage, film and screen. Grace’s practice is based heavily on creative collaboration and exploration, with a love of developing new works. Grace’s recent design credits include:  AN OX STOOF ON MY TOUNGE (25A BELVOIR), NEVER CLOSER (25A BELVOIR), THE ITALIANS (25A BELVOIR), WHO’S AFRAID (25A BELVOIR), […]

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  • Zac Saric
    Composition & Sound Designer
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    Zac Saric is a Sydney-based Sound Designer and Composer. A graduate of NIDA’s BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Zac works with sound in a variety of forms and mediums, including theatre, musical theatre, podcasting and post-production film and TV.  Coming from a background in music, Zac quickly found a talent for composing for […]

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  • Stephen Wilson Baker
    Photographer and Content Creator