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School program

Windmill strongly believes that capturing the imaginations of young people early in their development helps to establish a life-long love of the arts.

Book a Performance

To secure your preferred day and time we recommend you book early as the shows do sell out quickly.

We appreciate that when booking in advance you may not know the exact number of students, but a close as possible estimate will give us an indication of how many to reserve for the selected performance. We will pencil in your booking for the initial numbers and closer to the date will ask that you confirm the exact numbers. Also if you require, we can hold the tax invoice until numbers are confirmed, of course that will be within a fair period prior to the date of the performance. To secure your preferred day and time we recommend you book early.

Teacher-Student Ratio

Teachers are admitted free according to the duty of care ratio:

Kindergartens & Child Parent Centre (1:4); Yr 1-Yr 2 (1:6); Yr 3 – Yr 7 (1:10); Yr 8 – Yr 12 (1:15). For teachers working with students with disabilities please contact to confirm the appropriate ratio.

You will see on the booking form that there is a section for including additional student information such as number of students in wheelchairs, hearing impaired and sight impaired. This allows us time to make the appropriate preparations in regards to seating in the venue.

“Every year Windmill provides exceptional shows for students – they are creative, daring productions that always use theatrical devices in a range of ways.” Michael Butler, Teacher, St Peter’s Girls School

Plan Your Excursion

  1. Seek permission for School Leadership
  2. Book the tickets
  3. Organise the bus
  4. Send out permission notes to parents with return date
  5. Complete Risk Assessment criteria. (check medical forms and organise first aid kit)
  6. Look through the teaching resource for ideas on pre-performance activities and links to the curriculum. (the teaching resource is sent out on receipt of booking form)

If you are coming in for the day why not include an additional cultural experience:

  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
  • Migration Museum
  • SA Museum
  • Botanic Gardens of Adelaide
  • Parliament House
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Law Courts
  • Adelaide Zoo

With the exception of the Law Courts you can do a self directed tour of the above cultural organisations, if you want to have a tailored education experience you need to contact the organisation to book with the Education Manager.

The Adelaide Central Market offers tours to school groups, or simply go to the market and select produce for a picnic lunch.

*Risk Assessment

Windmill productions are performed in government-funded buildings and all have appropriate Rise Assessment procedures and are covered by State Government Public Liability

All staff employed as Front of House have police clearance.

Educator Resources

Detailed Education Resources linked to the Australian Curriculum, The Early Years Learning Framework and SACE are provided to schools that book performances. The kits include information relating to the creative team, pre-performance and post-performance ideas, curriculum tasks and other learning areas. Teachers will receive an electronic link to resources upon booking a performance. Hard copy is also available if requested.

Free Seats

Free Seats is Windmill’s Equity Program that offers up to 15% of tickets free to disadvantaged schools across South Australia. Schools ranked 1-4 are selected in accordance with the DECS Index of Disadvantaged. SES schools are offered the equivalent of 1-2 classes, depending on the capacity of the venue. In addition to SES rankings we also take into consideration geographical disadvantage and schools looking to establish a performing arts focus. Register your interest below if you would like to be considered for Free Seats tickets or if you would like further information.

Contact us to register your interest

Regional Outreach

In 2017 we will be touring our Grug and the Rainbow across regional South Australia.

This production is especially designed as a playful and gentle introduction to theatre for our very young audiences and demonstrates literature as a springboard for dramatic play. Using simple storytelling, elegant transformational design and puppetry we bring Grug to three dimensional life, a page to stage experience.

Teacher resources aligned to the Early Years Framework are made available on booking a performance. They include pre and post show ideas and provide information on the storylines within the performance.

Prior to the performances, Windmill’s Associate Producer is available to run professional learning workshops for early years teachers (and parents). Contact for further information.

Professional Learning

To develop expert learners and create condition for rigorous learning we develop curriculum linked pre and post-performance materials for teachers for each production based on the Australian Curriculum, SACE and Early Years Learning Frameworks, exploring Drama Education, the General Capabilities and the Cross Curriculum Perspectives where applicable. The educational resources such as teacher notes, backstage workshops and teacher briefings highlight specific curriculum links and professional learning opportunities relevant to the needs of teachers. When unpacking arts education the pedagogy exposes a duel function, learning in and learning through. Teaching in drama provides tools to facilitate learning, to foster the capacity for creative and flexible thinking, as well as to provide a way of coming to understand and make connections across different kinds of knowledge.

The skills, knowledge and experience of the teacher are a key feature in the delivery of a quality arts education program. Windmill provides a unique opportunity to teachers to engage in quality hands-on encounter with the directors, performers and creators of our productions and extending their learning community. The Behind the Scenes workshops give an authentic experience in transforming a written text into an engaging creative theatre performance.

“It is a tribute to the company that they are equally proficient in engaging younger audiences, including pre-school children, as well as teenagers. We value the artistic and educational benefits for students from engaging with a company of Windmill’s calibre.” David Hill, Glenunga International High School

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Public program

For children and families we provide free arts based workshops for select productions. Windmill Theatre works with volunteer student teachers to ensure an authentic experience for both children and the their accompanying parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. The workshops are designed to enable all to actively participate together in creative and imaginative art making in response to the performance they have just experienced. The workshops relate directly to the themes and ideas of the production, exploring dance, music, visual art and dramatic play and are structured to provide a fun shared experience for all ages across generations and are inclusive of gender and participants with disabilities. The ideas and the materials used in the workshops provide a guide for replicating the creative experience at home.

Immediately prior to the performance families have the opportunity to register their interest in the workshop activities, which follow the performance. There is a cap on the number of participants we can accommodate in the theatre foyer space to ensure a quality experience. Depending on the age range of the production it is generally 10 participants (that includes children and their adults) to one workshop leader.


In 2002, Windmill’s Founding Director negotiated with the Department for Education and Child Development to embed
 a seconded experienced arts educator in the company from the outset. This enabled the company to ground its education program in authentic and current educational theory and practice.

Windmill’s contribution to South Australia’s reputation as a centre of artistic and cultural leadership
 is most remarkable through the various performing arts engagement research projects it has led, as well as the educational, academic, community and artistic partnerships it has brokered over the years.

“Some students were still quoting some of the script a week later. We were also very impressed with the connection with the students at the end of the performance.” Julie Carter, Teacher, Peterborough Primary School

In the Beginning 2002

Windmill established an early working relationship with the de Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of South Australia to co-develop a new program for early childhood undergraduate students to participate in arts based post- performance workshops. The partnership was a catalyst for an exploratory research project looking at the links between literacy and performance experiences for the very young, titled In the Beginning. This has resulted in a new genre for very young audiences, Installation Theatre, which was developed from In the Beginning and helped to establish Windmill’s repertoire of theatre especially created for young audiences.

Children’s Voices 2003-2005

Arts education research program Children’s Voices was led by Windmill’s Arts Education Manager and coordinated with Professor Wendy Schiller and Lecturer in Education Jeff Meiners. It was a three-year arts education project that selected four state primary schools of different socio-economic backgrounds to explore and document children’s perceptions of live arts performance and
the impact on children, their teachers and school communities. This research project provided deeper insight into the impact of the performing arts on children and the wider community and
the significant role theatre has in providing children with a platform to imagine the world and their role in it.

Download the Children’s Voices executive summary

Child Friendly Cities 2010

As part of the SA Government’s Child Friendly State initiative, Windmill facilitated a series of workshops to consult with young children on their vision for an ideal state. Led by Windmill’s Artistic Director and Arts Education Manager, it commissioned a group of artists to deliver a series of workshops, facilitating a deep engagement with the children about creating their ideal place
to live. The project assisted communities to engage with young children while also exploring ways to include children in the review of the State Strategic Plan. Included in the project was the development of a DVD covering the interaction between four professional artists (a dancer, a theatre maker, a musician and a theatre designer) and the pre-school students. This resource has been used by educators in the field of early years learner as model for creative exploration.

CEP: Artists in Residence Project 2009-2013

Windmill’s award-winning Artist
in Residence Creative Education Project (AIR) was conceived as an opportunity to facilitate a genuine, dynamic transaction between the arts industry and the education sector, as well as demonstrate the importance of arts education. With Windmill’s work being a meeting point for artists, young people and educators, AIR engaged students
in all stages of creating theatre from the conception of the idea through its evolution and eventual realisation, and from the diverse perspectives of the multi art forms intrinsic to the theatre. Young people were able to get up close to the artists at work in a rich learning environment and by its very nature, was a living example of creative problem solving. Most significantly the projects enabled students to build upon their observations and dialogues with the professional artists to inform and inspire their own creative practices.

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Nyunta Ngali (You We Two)

This moving and powerful story of a wrong skin marriage and survival in a post climate change environment told in both English and Pitjanjatjara. The production included sand storytelling, choreography, video art, shadow play, weaving and a highly atmospheric musical score. The production was presented for secondary students.

Schools involved: Craigmore High School & Charles Campbell College

Fugitive – Behind the Scenes

Robin retold. In the unique theatrical voice of Australia’s Matthew Whittet, Fugitive is an anarchic, hysterical, knife-edge ride with a direct line out of the psyche of a contemporary anti-hero. The production was presented for secondary students.

A DVD containing interviews with the creative team provides students and teachers with a snap shot Behind the Scenes insight into the making of a production.

The schools involved were: Paralowie R-12 School, Blackwood High, William Light R-12 School Craigmore High & Charles Campbell College.

Escape from Peligro Island

A choose-your-own adventure interactive production with 24 different endings, it follows the miss-adventures of a young boy who finds himself in the world of time machines, pirates, vampires and super heroes. At the beginning of the performance each student was given a controller that enabled them to manipulate the action of performers. The production was presented to primary sector students. The schools involved were: Mannum Community School, Gilles Street Primary, Eden Hills Primary & Seaton Park Primary.

The teacher resource, Lights Out Curtain Up describes the students’ interactions with the creative process in the making of the production and using ICT’s and drama as a learning tool.

E-book available on iTunes

The Story Thieves

Using role-play, sound design, visual at and projection, Story Thieves is an immersive, two-way journey of discovery where the antagonist and protagonist are reversed. The production was made for primary sector students. Schools involved were: Mimili Anangu School from the APY Lands, and Woodville High School.

Ngura ini Mimili Nya – A Place called Mimili.

A short documentary film and DVD resource frame by the Accelerated Literacy Model. The resource was developed in partnership with the school and Anangu community of Mimili on the APY Lands. The story is told by the children as they prepare for the annual Ernabella Dance Off. It provides a unique glimpse into life in a remote community as the children plan, rehearse, make costumes and perform in front of their peers and the APY community.

The film has been screened as part of the London Children’s Film Festival, the New York Children’s Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.

Work placements

Work experience is fully booked for 2017.  Please get in touch between January and March to express interest for work experience in 2018.

Contact us to register your interest

Education Partners

Windmill’s Arts Education Program is proudly supported by the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development and The Lang Foundation.

  • South Australia Department Education Childrens Services
  • Lang Foundation



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