Pinocchio

Based on the classic tale and boldly retold as a witty, gothic, rocking, family music theatre spectacular.

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About

A Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company of South Australia production

Once there was a lonely man with lots of love to give. He wanted a child so much that he carved himself a beautiful little boy. But the boy wanted the world and the latest designer sandshoes. He wanted fame, celebrity and to walk on the wild side. He was lured by temptation and the love of a blue girl. This woodenhead wanted more than his father could possibly give, and so he ran away to get it. This is his story…

Based on the classic tale and boldly retold as a witty, gothic, rocking, family music theatre spectacular, Pinocchio is a contemporary celebration of the ‘whatever’ generation.

  • Recommended for age
  • Musical Theatre
  • 130 minutes
  • Strobe effects

Awards

  • CHASS Australia Prize 2015 Winner: Distinctive Work for a Performance
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Winner: Best New Australian Work: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Winner: Best Presentation for Children: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Direction of a Musical: Rosemary Myers, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Scenic Design: Jonathon Oxlade, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Original Score: Jethro Woodward, Pinocchio
  • Melbourne Green Room Award Nomination: Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham (Lighting Design) & Chris More (Video Design): Pinocchio
  • Ruby Award Winner: Best Work: Pinocchio

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers

    Director, Co-Writer

    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.

  • Julianne O'Brien

    Writer

    Julianne is a playwright with many stage and screen credits including Blue Heelers (Southern Star) and Backberner (ABC-TV Sydney). She consults as a dramaturg for theatre companies throughout Australia, lectures in story design at Victoria University, teaches comedy writing for Swinburne University and writes features for The Age. Julianne was dramaturg on the Arena Theatre multimedia trilogy Autopsy, Mass and Panacea, which won the 1999 ASSITEJ President’s Award for Best in the World, presented in Norway. Both Autopsy and her highly acclaimed first play, The Women There, have toured Canada as invitees of major theatre festivals. Julianne wrote Arena Theatre’s Eat Your Young that toured to Taiwan and Australian capital cities. For Windmill Theatre Co, she has written Pinocchio and Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Jonathon Oxlade

    Cricket

    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.

  • Jethro Woodward

    Composer, Musical Director

    Jethro is a Melbourne-based composer, musician and sound designer recognized for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. A multi Green Room Award winner and nominee, he has worked with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Arena, Windmill Theatre Co, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Dance Theatre and more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth (Malthouse/Arena), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse/Arena) and The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse). He was the Musical Director and Sound Designer for six-time Helpmann nominated musical Wizard of Oz and multi-award winning Pinocchio.

  • Chris More

    Video Designer

    Chris studied Electronic Design and Interactive Media at Swinburne and his work with the moving image has led to several creative collaborations for live performance and theatre, including Starchaser for Arena Theatre Company, Half Real for The Border Project, Wizard of Oz and School Dance for Windmill Theatre, Girl Who Cried Wolf for Arena Theatre Company, Criminology for Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Malthouse Theatre), and Skid 180 with Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Contact). Chris runs the creative design practise Studio Organic, an interdisciplinary studio working in visual design.

  • Geoff Cobham

    Lighting Designer

    Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions at the Performance Space, Queens Theatre, Belvoir St, Red Shed and non-theatre venues to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation. With his company Bluebottle he has designed many lighting installations and lit public artworks, buildings, landscapes and freeways. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 to study Outdoor Theatre in Europe. This led to the creation of Barrio; inspired by the “participatory theatre” movement currently sweeping Europe.

  • Carol Wellman Kelly

    Movement

    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.

  • Paul White

    Musician

    Paul White is one of Adelaide’s most sought after musicians, producers, composers, and educators. He has worked with an extensive list of the who’s who of Australian music including Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, Troy Cassar Daly, The Party boys and many more as well as being in his own projects like Goose, Lucifer’s Lounge and the Hammond Eggs. Paul has composed music for short films, commercials, and video games and also produces, engineers and co-writes music with other artists. Paul has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with his music and works regularly in Adelaide not only as a gigging musician but also as a session keyboard player for many recording artists.

  • Michell Butel

    Cast

    Mitchell’s musical theatre credits include the role of Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Gordon Frost) opposite Geoffrey Rush, Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Luther Billis in Bartlett Sher’s South Pacific, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Mikado (Opera Australia), Dusty (Dusty Productions), The Producers, Kismet, Sugar, Little Me, Oklahoma, Hair (The Production Company), Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl and Woyzeck (Malthouse). Other credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Face to Face, Summer Rain, Mourning Becomes Electra, Tartuffe, Two Weeks with the Queen, Six Degrees of Separation (Sydney Theatre Company), The Government Inspector (Malthouse) and Killing Time (Adelaide Cabaret Festival).

  • Paul Capsis

    Cast

    Spanning an extensive career, Paul is best known as a theatre, concert and cabaret performer. His theatre highlights include Angela’s Kitchen, Little Bird, The Threepenny Opera, Boulevard Delirium, Three Furies, The Rocky Horror Show, All About My Mother, Thyestes and Volpone with various state and independent theatre companies throughout Australia. Paul has also worked extensively internationally including in New York, London, Vienna, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He appeared in a leading role in the Australian feature film The Boy Castaways, as well as the telemovie Carlotta (2013). He has won five Helpmann Awards, a Green Room Award, a Film Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.

  • Jude Henshall

    Cast

    Jude graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons) 2006 and has since worked extensively for flagship, independent and experimental theatre companies in Australia and internationally. Companies include Bell Shakespeare, Ontrorend Goed, State Theatre Company of SA, Windmill Theatre Co and Patch Theatre. Jude is an associate member of The Border Project and a founding member of isthisyours? Film and television credits include Sunshine and Oranges, The Swimming Lesson, Yuri Shima, Wire Through the Heart and Rainshadow.

  • Danielle Catanzariti

    Cast

    Danielle is a L’Oreal Paris AFI Young Award winning actress which she received for her first feature film, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger in 2007. She was cast as lead character Esther Blueburger and starred opposite Academy Award nominees Toni Collette and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Following this, Danielle was cast in Sydney Theatre Company’s 2008 season play Blackbird, directed by Cate Blanchett, which toured to Germany and New Zealand. Danielle also starred opposite singer Natalie Imbruglia in the Australian feature film Closed for Winter, as well as completing a guest appearance on Seven Network’s All Saints. She has appeared in various productions for Windmill Theatre Co, Brink, State Theatre Company of SA and Belvoir St Theatre.

  • Nathan O’Keefe

    Cast

    Nathan’s recent theatre highlights include co-creating and performing in the Helpmann award-winning Me and My Shadow for Patch Theatre (New Vic, 2013); multi-award-winning Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co); Ruby Award-winning Man Covets Bird for Slingsby and Windmill Theatre Co’s Helpmann-nominated Grug. His other career highlights include Thursday, Harbinger, This Uncharted Hour and The Hypochondriac (Brink Productions); Masquerade, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, King Lear and The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare), and The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare and State Theatre Company of SA). Nathan’s film and TV credits include Alexandra’s Project, Broken Hill, All Saints and the upcoming mini-series Deadline Gallipoli.

  • Alirio Zavarce

    Cast

    Alirio is a multi-award-winning director and theatre maker who has created numerous projects with companies across Australia. He is a founding member of The Border Project and has co-created and performed in all of its productions. Alirio directed, wrote and performed in Trapped (Winner 2011 Graham Smith Peace Trust Award) and Sons & Mothers (Winner 2012 Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award and Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award). In 2013, Alirio wrote and performed in The Book of Loco (Winner 2013 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award). He wrote and directed The Migration Project for the Come Out Festival in 2013.

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The Making of Pinocchio

What the critics say

"It totally blows your mind! A critics pick... ★★★★"

Time Out New York

"Manifests robust energy, visual flair and an aversion to modern-day phoniness."

The New York Times

"You will come away amazed by the rich, psychedelic music, magical set, and impressive visual design that makes this show something special."

NYTheater Now

"Chris More's video projections and Mr Oxlade's overall visual scheme...blends sophistication with an endearing primitivism."

The New York Times

"Rosemary Myers directs this energetic Pinocchio with a sharp instinct for entertaining the eye and the ear."

Theater Mania

"Go ahead and marvel at another richly imaginative offering from Windmill Theatre... ★★★★★"

Daily Review

"This was the best show we have ever seen at [New York’s] New Victory Theatre."

Audience Member

"Pinocchio is a really brilliant musical for kids."

Time Out Sydney

"A galaxy of glittering performances."

The Daily Telegraph

"A thoroughly engaging, extroverted rock-musical."

ArtsHub

"A merry-go-round of clever comedy, edgy music, immersing animated visuals and winning performances."

Sydney Morning Herald

"A dazzling production."

The Australian

"Flair and style bring this wooden boy home."

The Australian

"Pinocchio delivers the goods, and then some... simply wonderful."

The Advertiser

"This show is a must-see."

InDaily

"Pure colourful escapism... you can’t help but leave with a grin on your face... ★★★★"

ArtsHub

Credits

  • Director, Co-Writer Rosemary Myers
  • Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Cricket Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer, Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Video Designer Chris More
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly
  • Musician Paul White
  • Foxy Michell Butel
  • Stromboli Paul Capsis
  • Kitty Poo Jude Henshall
  • Blue Girl Danielle Catanzariti
  • Pinocchio Nathan O’Keefe
  • Geppetto Alirio Zavarce

Acknowledgements

A Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company of South Australia production

Credits

  • Director, Co-Writer Rosemary Myers
  • Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Cricket Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer, Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Video Designer Chris More
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly
  • Musician Paul White
  • Foxy Michell Butel
  • Stromboli Paul Capsis
  • Kitty Poo Jude Henshall
  • Blue Girl Danielle Catanzariti
  • Pinocchio Nathan O’Keefe
  • Geppetto Alirio Zavarce
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