The most misunderstood character in fairytale history
Written by Matthew Whittet, directed by Rosemary Myers
He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.
This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.
Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 17 years. Matt’s first play Twelve was workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference in Perth, 2006. His second was Silver, directed by Ben Winspear for Belvoir downstairs in which he also performed solo. Matt’s collaboration with Windmill has resulted in four plays and one feature film with Girl Asleep being the most recent, in addition to Fugitive, School Dance and Big Bad Wolf. Matt’s two hander Cinderella garnered outstanding reviews at the close of 2014 in the Belvoir downstairs space and his most recent play Seventeen premiered in the upstairs theatre in 2015.
Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work that is inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of genuine relevance in this modern time. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010.
Jonathon studied illustration and sculpture at Queensland College of Art, and since leaving he has trained with Kid Praha in the Czech Republic focussing on puppetry. As a theatre designer Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Circa, Kooemba Jdarra, Zen Zen Zo, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, Bell Shakespeare, Polytoxic, The Escapists, The Border Project and LaBoite Theatre. Venues and festivals include Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse and Queensland Art Gallery. Jonathon is Windmill Theatre Co’s Resident Designer.
Harry Covill is a student at the Victorian College of the Arts. Still in the early stages of his career, he has composed music for theatre, film, video art and community arts. His work has been shown in a range of venues and festivals nationally and internationally including Melbourne Theatre Company, QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Film Festival and the Sheffield Documentary Festival. In 2014 and 2015 he was commissioned to write the score for the Adelaide Fringe large scale outdoor performances. His debut feature film Girl Asleep premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival.
Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide, South Australia. Following his completion of the Technical Production course at Adelaide Centre of the Arts, Chris has continued to develop his experience across theatre, dance and other live events in Australia and internationally. Chris has worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia, Slingsby Theatre, Windmill Theatre Co, Vitalstatistix, Torque, The Border Project and Country Arts SA. Chris has also worked in association with Geoff Cobham on a number of projects including creating the visual aesthetic for Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm using light and video.
Carol Wellman Kelly
Carol was made in Australia and trained at VCA Dance. With extensive performing, teaching and choreographic experience both Internationally and Australia wide, Carol’s work includes London based freelancing (1992-1999), assistant director for Garry Stewart and ADT (2000-2008), rehearsal director for Tasdance, Artistic advisor and Project manager Restless dance Theatre, Movement lecturer Flinders University Drama department, member Board of Directors, Australia Council, Ausdance and SA and Audio Describer for theatre and dance. Carol’s work with Windmill Theatre Co includes The Wizard of Oz, Girl Who Cried Wolf, Pinocchio and Big Bad Wolf.
Patrick has previously worked on Windmill productions including The Wizard of Oz, Boom Bah! and Big Bad Wolf. For floogle, an independent company Patrick co-founded, he has performed in One Long Night in the Land of Nod, Black Crow Lullabies, and The Homecoming where his portrayal of Lenny earned him and Advertiser Oscart Award. For State Theatre Company of SA Patrick has appeared in Blasted, Buried Child, Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, Lion Pig Lion, Equus, and The Dark Room. Patrick’s television credits include Blue Heelers, Stingers, Fergus McPhail and McLeod’s Daughters. Film credits include The King is Dead (Rolf De Heer) and Angela’s Decision (Matt King).
Emma J Hawkins
Emma J. Hawkins’ flair for the flamboyant, serious and whimsical plays to her strengths as a feisty, charismatic thespian with a knack for subversive, escapist comedy, high-octane dramatics and brilliantly versatile circus showcases. Her movements between the many worlds of fantasy, musical and children’s genres credit her with storytelling-based acrobatics, singing, dancing or slapstick. She is equally at home in the ironic, contemplative tragedies of Shakespeare, bringing joy and laughter as the Fool in King Lear, climbing the heights as a tap dancing, stilt walking acrobat in the critically acclaimed Circus Oz or sinking into the dark depths of a murderess in classics like Jean Genets The Maids. Emma was nominated for a Green Room award for her portrayal as Fleck in the most fabled of musicals, Love Never Dies. As cabaret alter ego Divine Miss Em, she relishes every opportunity to breathe life into new characters but also extends a hand into creative development in theatrical productions. At the same time she imbues her performances with heart, audaciousness and fortitude as well as a steadfast belief in social justice and equality.
Ellen has worked extensively in theatre throughout Australia and overseas, with productions including Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (State Theatre Company of SA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby), I Am Not An Animal, I, Animal (The Border Project), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company). Ellen is also a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? whose productions include Nathalie Ribout, Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake, Best We Forget, You Wanna Talk About It and The Awkward Years.
"An education in how to charm kids and adults in fifty fun minutes."
"Rosemary Myers’ direction keeps the action flowing swiftly and with a mischievous sense of fun."
"Windmill’s collaboration with Whittet continues to thrive... producing zany works that are also open-hearted and unfailingly positive. A whimsical, gently persuasive tale of friendship and acceptance."