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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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Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian Road Trip

Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian Road Trip

After three months on the road Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian tour has come to a close. Performer Ashton Malcolm looks back on Grug and the team’s adventures. Grug and the Rainbow returns to Adelaide in April 2018. Book now. JOINING THE TOUR I joined Grug a month into his action-packed Australian Road Trip. He had already travelled to Burnie, Sydney, Casula, Wagga Wagga, Murwillumbah and Brisbane, with his incredible team – performers Lizzie Hay, Pat McAulliffe and Tamara Rewse, and Stage Manager Lyndie Li Wan Po – and now it was my turn to tag team with Tamara, and…

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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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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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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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Behind the Scenes: Rumpelstiltskin

Behind the Scenes: Rumpelstiltskin

As the company delves into the development of Rumpelstiltskin, director Rosemary Myers and co-writer Julianne O’Brien have been busy finalising the script, writing the music with composer Jethro Woodward and finessing the set and costume elements with designer Jonathon Oxlade. At our development in May this year, all of the cast and creatives gathered for an intensive week-long rehearsal period.

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ACROSS LAND AND SEA: MUZAFAR'S TRUE STORY

Explore the real life journey of an Afghan refugee’s journey to Australia ahead of Windmill’s latest production. Amphibian.

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