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From Whyalla to Wagga Wagga: Taking Windmill to the regions

From Whyalla to Wagga Wagga: Taking Windmill to the regions

Windmill has been to some of the furthest reaches of the globe, but many of our biggest fans can be found in the most remote corners of Australia. Every year, our shows visit people all over the country from Roxby Downs to Margaret River to Wagga Wagga. Since 2011, there has been 158 Windmill performances in a wide range of regional towns with even more coming up over the next year. Bryanne Jardine from Murwillumbah Theatre Company in New South Wales says offering live theatre experiences for young people in remote areas is critical. “There is definitely a market and…

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Life on the road: Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga

Life on the road: Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga

On the verge of a huge 2019 tour, we sat down with Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga to chat all things Vaselina, China and life on tour. Created by three theatre makers from different ends of the globe, it’s no wonder that Baba Yagais preparing for a new life on the road, with a busy six months of touring ahead. China is the next stop for Baba Yaga’s rocket ship, marking the fifth tour that Windmill is taking to the country, as part of an ongoing relationship with Arts Space for Kids. Elizabeth Hay, who plays Vaselina in the show, previously worked…

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Puppets, 3D Printing and Pop! – bringing Beep to life

Puppets, 3D Printing and Pop! – bringing Beep to life

Beep and her friends have come a long way since their premiere Adelaide season in 2017.  After a new paint job for Beep, a fur coat for Mort and a nine-week tour of mainland China, 2019 sees the gang making a few stops across Australia, before a 12-week tour of the US and Canada in early 2020. Like Grug and Grug and the Rainbow before it, puppeteering is at the heart of Beep, and a lot of behind the scenes work goes into creating the characters and bringing them to life. “Most of Beep’s externals were 3D printed… to get the manufactured, clean lines…

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Christine Johnston and the weird and wonderful Baba Yaga

Christine Johnston and the weird and wonderful Baba Yaga

Christine Johnston is known for playing many quirky and wondrous characters. From Madame Lark to Eve Kransky, she has done it all. Her latest creation is in the Windmill Theatre Co and Imaginate co-commissioned show, Baba Yaga as the spooky and mysterious lead inspired by the Russian folktale. Ahead of the Australian Premiere as part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival, we sat down with Johnston to chat about all things Baba Yaga. How did the idea for a show based on the legend of Baba Yaga come about? When Shona, Rose and I first put our heads together in Edinburgh to find seeds for ideas from which to start growing a show, it was Shona who…

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Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle

Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle

Windmill has teamed up with visual artist Fleur Elise Noble to create Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle. Inspired by the show, The Jungle is created with painted cardboard, captivating lighting and projection, and explores the idea of following your dreams. It features a variety of jungle animals along with a larger than life cut out of Baba Yaga herself – who even talks! All children attending the show will be greeted by our Jungle Guides and taken on a journey through the wilderness. At the end, they will have the chance to add their own piece to the installation. The idea…

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From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

If you think Maiah Stewardson from Amphibian looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen her as high school mean-girl Jade in the film adaptation of Girl Asleep.  Daniela Frangos spoke to Stewardson about how far the 20-year-old’s career has come since the 2015 film.   Maiah Stewardson is a natural. That’s not to diminish the hard yards she’s put in over the years – from acting classes to cutting her teeth on local stages to sowing the seeds for her own production company, which is set to launch in a few months. But it’s clear the Adelaide performer was destined for an audience.…

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Making Amphibian

Making Amphibian

Windmill’s upcoming world premiere tells the powerful and very human story of two teenagers – one whose family have moved from Sydney to Adelaide, and another who has travelled across land and sea, looking for a better life. Daniela Frangos spoke to writer Duncan Graham and director Sasha Zahra about how Amphibian tackles a burning global issue in a high school setting.   “It seemed to be a title that captured many of the themes of the play,” says writer Duncan Graham. The name of Windmill’s new show, Amphibian, might seem a peculiar fit for a story about two high school…

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Meet our Donors: Chris and Susan Stewart

Meet our Donors: Chris and Susan Stewart

Thanks to our valued donors we’re able to bring our works to children and families who might not otherwise get a chance to experience the theatre, from disadvantaged schools to regional centres. Meet another family who has been instrumental in supporting this mission.   While Chris and Susan Stewart have taken their two children to Windmill for many years, it is not their own experience with theatre that turned them from audience members to patrons. It was bringing the thrill of live performance to other children and families that inspired them. ‘Windmill take their shows out to regional areas and to…

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Meet our Donors: Amanda Blair

Meet our Donors: Amanda Blair

Our valued donors allow us to create exciting, new work for young audiences, traverse the globe and dream big for the future. Meet a family who has been instrumental in supporting this mission.   Amanda Blair knows Windmill’s playbills inside out. Not just because she has been a generous supporter of the company but she has seen her four children – Ginger, Nancy, Frank and Sidney – enjoy the shows first hand. ‘I think [Windmill] were probably the first introduction to large theatre for all four of them. I just loved what they did. I continue to love what they do,’…

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Who is Baba Yaga?

Who is Baba Yaga?

Windmill’s latest dive into the world of fairytales, the Russian tale of Baba Yaga is not one we’re all familiar with. Who exactly is Baba Yaga? The Windmill rendition is a highly entertaining, talented and stylish woman who can play two recorders with her nose, perform expert bird calls and make music from a saw, but we wanted to dig a little deeper into the legend of Baba Yaga and why this ancient story resonates with the makers of the work today. To help us, Daniela Frangos did a little research and spoke to our creative team to shed some…

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