Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new spin on a heart of gold.

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By Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien

Spinning straw into gold is a party trick that will take you far. It can buy you a big house full of beautiful things, a wardrobe of designer clothes and a life of total luxury, but money, as they say, can’t buy you…

Two people, once best friends, torn apart by desire for the things they cannot have. This is the story of the ultimate price of greed.

The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting imp whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone.

He joins the team that brought you award winning Pinocchio, as they take on a new and equally fantastic fairytale, with their unique brand of theatrical spectacular, rocking music and supreme silliness.

Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new spin on a heart of gold.

  • Recommended for age
  • Musical Theatre
  • 120 minutes

Coming Up

11 - 30 October Dunstan Playhouse / Adelaide, Australia

Creating Rumpelstiltskin

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


    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.

  • Paul Capsis


    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.

  • Michaela Burger


    Studying at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, Michaela went on to obtain a Masters in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts in London, and performed in many well-known venues including Too2Much in Soho and Cabaret Confidential in Covent Garden. In addition to recently winning the International Cabaret Contest Michaela is the co-writer and star of the successful stage show Exposing Edith about the life and songs of Edith Piaf. The show has appeared to sell out audiences in Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Auckland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Noosa Long Weekend and Tasmanian Festival of Voices. She has performed with one of Broadway’s most sophisticated songwriters, Jason Robert Brown as well as Australia’s own Tyran Park.

  • Elena Carapetis


    Since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Elena’s theatre credits include 4:48 Psychosis, This Uncharted Hour (Brink Productions), Translations (Malthouse Theatre), Assassins (Flying Penguin and AFTC), Features of Blown Youth, Uncle Vanya, Central Park West (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Mike Leigh’s Greek Tragedy (Company B Belvoir), urFaust (Sydney Theatre Company) and other work for Sidetrack Performance Group, Parallelo and the NIDA Professional Company. She has had lead guest roles in TV series Blue Heelers, Water Rats, All Saints, Murder Call, Children’s Hospital and Snobs, as well as regular roles in the ABC series Heartbreak High and the award-winning Marking Time written by John Doyle.

  • Ezra Juanta


    Since graduating from AC Arts with an Advanced Diploma in Arts (Acting), Ezra has featured in numerous screen and stage performances, most notably being his portrayal of the character The Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Windmill Theatre Co). Other performances with Windmill include Helly’s Magic Cup and Boom Bah! His stage credits include Russian Eggflip, The Life of Galileo, Touch Me I’m Sick, King Lear, Twinkle Toes, Vin, The Water Show and The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio. Film and TV credits include McLeod’s Daughters and The Boys Are Back In Town directed by Scott Hicks and starring Clive Owen.

  • Alirio Zavarce


    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.

  • Matt Crook


    Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company and recipient of the Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year. For Windmill Theatre Co, Matt has toured Grug through China and North America, and has appeared in Grug and The Rainbow and The Girl Who Cried Wolf. Other highlights include Volpone (Or The Fox), Between Two Waves, Babyteeth, Pornography and The Give And Take for State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Matt’s film credits include the multi-award-winning 2015 thriller One Eyed Girl (Projector Films); SBS comedy series Danger 5 (series 1 and 2) and various short films and commercials.

  • Ashton Malcolm


    Ashton Malcolm is a theatre-maker based in Adelaide. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2009, with First Class Honours, the Malcolm Fox Drama Prize and a University Medal. She has since worked as a performer and devisor on film and theatre, both independently and with established companies. She has also studied intensively with Shakespeare and Company in the USA. Her credits include Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Cutaway: A Ceremony (2013), Future Present (2014), MC for Adhocracy (2015); Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre: Quiet Faith (2014/2015); STCSA: Othello (2014), Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions: Deluge (Adelaide Festival, 2016), Windmill Theatre Company: Grug and the Rainbow (2016). She can also be seen in Gravity Films and Epic Films’ Goober, to premiere on abc iview in 2016.

  • Jonathon Oxlade


    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.

  • Gavin Norris

    Lighting Designer

    Gavin’s theatrical and TV lighting designs include: Hot Shoe Shuffle (UK tours), Tap Dogs (London West End & Worldwide tours), Kat and the Kings (UK and European tours), Mum’s the Word (London West End), Gumboots (London West End & Worldwide tours), The Importance of Being Earnest (Australian Tour), Mendelssohn’s Dream (ASO – STCSA), Oliver, Follies, Brigadoon, Hedda Gabler, Half a Sixpence, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sweeny Todd, Girls On Tap, Circus days, Circus Nights (Channel 4 TV) Back to Reality (Channel 4TV UK- Associate), The Games (Chan 4TV UK – Associate). His music and event design highlights include: The Darkness (UK arena tours), Diana Ross (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Human Nature Arena Tour (Australian Tour), Le Grand CirqueAerial Dreams (Sydney Opera House – Production Designer), Junglehammer Featuring IoTA, Australia Day Celebrations 2007-2009, (Sydney, Darling Harbour), The Illusionists (Sydney Opera House). Gavin has worked extensively in the industry for the past 24 years as a Lighting Designer, Lighting Programmer and Production Manager.

  • Chris Petridis

    Technical Manager

    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.

  • Andrew Howard

    Sound System Designer

    Andrew is a founding member of theatre ensemble The Border Project and a sound engineer at the Adelaide Festival Centre. His credits as composer/sound designer include Despoiled Shore Medeamaterial Landscape with Argonauts (The Border Project), Disappearance (The Border Project), The War (The Border Project), The Rope Project (Brink Productions), Please Go Hop (The Border Project), One Long Night In The Land Of Nod (Floogle Productions), Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (The Border Project), The Birthday Party (Flying Penguin Productions), The Homecoming (Floogle Productions), Trouble On Planet Earth (The Border Project). Andrew was sound designer for Helly’s Magic Cup (Windmill Theatre Co) and Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (Sydney Theatre Company).

  • Chris Edser


    Chris Edser currently lives and draws in Melbourne, Australia. He has created illustration and animated pieces for diverse clients ranging from Nike Jordan and The Chicago Bulls in the sports world to fashion projects for Valentino and L’Officiel Hommes magazine. He has designed t-shirts for Screamdance, animates characters, carves creatures out of wood and was also once a member of the video department at Fabrica Creative Research Centre in Italy. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Illustration) at UniSA where he has taught an animation course and occasional illustration classes.

  • 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.

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  • Director, Co-Writer Rosemary Myers
  • Co-Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Cast Paul Capsis
  • Cast Michaela Burger
  • Cast Elena Carapetis
  • Cast Ezra Juanta
  • Cast Alirio Zavarce
  • Cast Matt Crook
  • Cast Ashton Malcolm
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer, Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Lighting Designer Gavin Norris
  • Technical Manager Chris Petridis
  • Sound System Designer Andrew Howard
  • Animation Chris Edser
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly


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

The creative development of Rumpelstiltskin is supported by Roger and Helen Salkeld.

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