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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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The Delightfully Drawn World of Rumpelstiltskin

The Delightfully Drawn World of Rumpelstiltskin

Chris Edser’s idiosyncratic illustrations and animations form the backdrop against which the magical and surreal world of Rumpelstiltskin is conjured in a new production. Almost everything about the new State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre co-production of Rumpelstiltskin is unusual. The story has been reworked to take place in a surreal modern setting, the actors are high octane, the songs pop-driven and catchy, the costumes stylised and the set is not really built – it’s drawn. Remarks The premiere season of State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre’s co-production of Rumpelstiltskin takes place October 11-30 at the Dunstan Playhouse. While it is a play…

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Paul Capsis Recounts Grimm Tales For Rumpelstiltskin

Paul Capsis Recounts Grimm Tales For Rumpelstiltskin

The Adelaide Review sits down with Paul Capsis mid-way through rehearsals for Rumpelstiltskin to chat about childhood memories and Rosemary Myers’ contemporary vision of the infamous fairy tale. “It was the very first thing I ever saw performed,” says Paul Capsis, star of the new Windmill and State Theatre Company production Rumpelstiltskin, of his first theatre experience. “My Auntie took my cousins and me to the Sydney Opera House, which had just opened, and there was a children’s show, and it was Rumpelstiltskin.” This first encounter with theatre for the actor, who is now 52, made a deep impression on…

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Bethany Whitmore: Girl Awake

Bethany Whitmore: Girl Awake

With all of the attention on the filmmakers behind Girl Asleep, we spoke to its leading lady, Bethany Whitmore. They say that 90% of directing a movie is in the casting, and with Bethany Whitmore in the leading role of Greta in Girl Asleep, director Rosemary Myers and her team struck gold. “One day, I just got a call, saying, ‘You’ve got an audition’, so I prepared for it, and tried really hard, because as soon as I heard what it was about, I was very eager. It was my dream role,” Whitmore tells us over the phone from her…

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