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Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part II – Fayetteville to Cleveland

Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part II – Fayetteville to Cleveland

Week 3 (Part One): Ann Arbor and Brown County It’s been a fun but massive week of shows and city jumping. We left Kitchener and said goodbye to Canada (for now) and started our week long trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas. We crossed the border into the US, drove past the outskirts of Detroit and made it to a beautiful Ann Arbor lake house that we were staying in overnight. We spent our first night glued to our back porch counting squirrels and listening to Leonard Cohen. We were woken up the following morning to a family of deer on our…

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Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part I – Washington to Canada

Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part I – Washington to Canada

While on tour with our loveable superstar Grug, performer Matt Crook will be penning a tour blog to keep you up-to-date on all things Grug and the Rainbow in North America. Check it out below.   Week One: Washington DC, USA We’re back on tour with Grug and The Rainbow and back in North America. It’s good to be back but it sure is cold! I miss summer already. We took off from Adelaide and travelled through Sydney and Dallas before eventually arriving in Washington DC. We met our lovely Stage Manager, Jo at the airport then checked in and…

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Behind the Scenes with Jase

Behind the Scenes with Jase

Grug and the Rainbow is less than a month away from taking off on another 3-month tour of the US and Canada. Before it all kicks off, we sat down with Windmill Program and Production Manager, Jason Warner, who is heading overseas to keep Grug and his friends in check, to find out what it’s really like to be on tour! How long have you been with Windmill? I’ve been working at Windmill for over 10 years, with a small break in the middle for good behaviour! Was this always what you wanted to do? Generally, yes. Early on I…

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On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Windmill Theatre Co favourite, Grug is off on tour again in March bringing his latest show to the US and Canada, Grug and the Rainbow. We sat down with local Adelaide actor Matt Crook, who is part of the cast keeping Grug company on his big adventure, to chat about his career, his time with Windmill and all things Grug. This isn’t their first time to the States together, having travelled there back in 2013, with this years itinerary including Washington DC, Vancouver, New York and Cleveland, just to name a few. On the verge of taking off, Matt says…

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Ashleigh’s World

Ashleigh’s World

This year, Windmill Theatre Co underwent a complete brand transformation and the graphic designer behind the creative process was communikate et al’s Ashleigh Abbott. Windmill and Ashleigh began working together five years ago after she graduated from University of South Australia with a Visual Communication degree and a post-graduate diploma in Visual Arts. We sat down with her earlier this month to chat about her work, her connection with Windmill, and our new branding. You started working at communikate et al back in 2015. What is your role there and what does it involve? I am the Lead Creative at…

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Designer of our dreams honoured

Designer of our dreams honoured

Windmill Theatre’s resident designer Jonathon Oxlade has won a $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for his contribution to the arts. Jonathon, whose design work for the Adelaide-based national children’s theatre company has included its internationally acclaimed Pinocchio, Grug, Big Bad Wolf and the film adaptation of Girl Asleep, was the only South Aussie among eight recipients of the tax-free grant. The fellowship recognises the importance of artists’ contribution to society and are given over a two-year period. “Each of these eight artists has worked tirelessly and I’m delighted that these fellowships directly support them and their practice,” says the selection…

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Spotlight on Arts Education

Spotlight on Arts Education

Windmill Theatre Co has just launched its 2017 Arts Education Program which features three home-grown shows for children, Big Bad Wolf, Beep and Grug and the Rainbow. Aimed at preschoolers and lower primary students, posters about the program were sent to more than 3000 schools across the state. To tell us more about this program, we spoke to Acting Arts Education Manager, Giselle Becker. Giselle, a secondary drama teacher at St Michael’s College in Henley Beach South Australia, has a dance and drama background, with the arts being her first love. “I wanted to be working in and around theatre.…

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Education Program 2017

Education Program 2017

In 2017 Windmill Theatre Co will fill The Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre, with theatre experiences for children that explore our sense of belonging. Our first show of the Adelaide season will be a brand new work in Beep. In Mort’s village everything has its place, everyday is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes Beep. What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast pancake, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home? With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle story-telling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new…

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Rumpelstiltskin: Totally Mad and Utterly Unique

Rumpelstiltskin: Totally Mad and Utterly Unique

Totally mad and utterly unique, Rumpelstiltskin is a freewheeling, flamboyant modern reinvention of the 4000 year old tale made classic by the Brothers Grimm. Fresh from her internationally successful feature film debut Girl Asleep, Windmill Theatre Co. director Rosemary Meyers turns her iconic talents once more to an exuberant children’s theatre installation, co-written with Julianne O’Brien, following on from their Helpmann Award winning collaboration in 2012’s Pinocchio. From the first glance, the production’s inimitable brand of spectacular theatre is palpable. The radically updated fairy-tale begins with the memorable lines read from a story book, set against the layered intoxicating, idiosyncratic…

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Windmill’s Rumpelstiltskin: Capsis excels in updated fable

Windmill’s Rumpelstiltskin: Capsis excels in updated fable

Rumpelstiltskin has just had an extreme makeover. In Windmill Theatre’s sensational new production, the goblin with a gift for spinning straw into gold is now the shapeshifting mastermind of the high-end couture fashion house, Rumpelstiltskin. He is surrounded by wily flunkeys — Rat and Crow — but, because he is too “foul of face and fugly of form” to be seen in public, he has a vain, dimwitted frontman promoting his much sought-after creations. Writers Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien have retained the structure of the Grimm Brothers fairytale with the three requests for magical transformation, the enabling of a…

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