A new take on an old Russian folktale guaranteed to give you lots to chew on.
Vaselina lives the quiet life, working as a receptionist in a very tall apartment block. But all that changes when she is forced to confront a terrifying resident who plays her music far too loudly and eats jelly babies with her mouth open.
Who is this mysterious neighbour? Will she ever turn the music down? And what exactly is she planning for dinner?
An uproarious musical journey to the top floor and beyond, Baba Yaga is a brand new take on an old Russian folktale co-created by director Rosemary Myers and two unique and celebrated artists from opposite ends of the globe; Shona Reppe (The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean) and Christine Johnston (The Kransky Sisters).
Baba Yaga will premiere at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2018.
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival / Dumfries, United Kingdom
28 May - 3 June
Traverse Theatre / Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Meet the Cast and Creative Team
Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.
Rose is a multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010.
Co-Creator, Performer, Designer
Christine Johnston is an Australian performing artist, writer and singer who became known on the Brisbane arts and live music scenes from the late 1980s for her dramatic visual performances combining music, voice and her signature style of humour.
In 2000, Christine and friend Annie Lee birthed the multi-award winning and internationally beloved comedic trio The Kransky Sisters who, with regular television appearances, are continuously touring. Collaborating with Carolyn Johns from 2017 and previously Michele Watt, The Kransky Sisters have received several awards and nominations including The Age Critics Award, Best Newcomers Award and a Green Room Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2004).
Co-Creator, Performer, Designer
Shona Reppe is an award winning artist with an excellent track record of producing high quality, challenging theatre with high production values. Her credits include Cinderella, Potato Needs a Bath, The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean andtheatre installation HUFF.
A multi-award winning artist, her work regularly appears in leading venues and festivals around the world, including Barbican and Southbank in London, Sydney Opera House, the New Victory in New York’s Broadway and the Perth and Adelaide International Arts Festivals. Her recent work includes Black Beauty, which Shona developed with Andy Manley and Andy Cannon. The piece was performed to sell out audiences as part of Edinburgh’s Traverse Christmas programme.
Sound Designer, Composer
Peter Nelson is an electronic music producer/composer/sound designer/musician and a performing artist. He created the musical score for Christine Johnston, performing in Decent Spinster (QPAC).
They collaborated on Christine’s first children’s production FLUFF which has continued to tour nationally and internationally to high acclaim, and RRamp – the Collector, the Archivist & the Electrocrat.
Peter was the composer and sound designer for Kite Arts Education, co developed Digital Play and composed the score for Holi Throw, featuring at the Out Of The Box Festival at QPAC and was the sound designer for the Bubble Effect and We All Dance (QPAC). He runs an assisted music program for the Queensland Cerebral Palsy League.
Chris completed his Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts. Since graduating, he has been working extensively and continuing to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events both in Australia and overseas.
Chris has worked on State Theatre Company South Australia’s The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird, Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Mouse, The Bird and the Sausage, Torque Show’s MALMO, The Border Project’s Half Real, Ludwig’s Fleck and Flecker and five.point.one’s Muff. Chris also worked on If There was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d Wear It, a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA. He has worked in association with Geoff Cobham on a number of projects including creating the visual aesthetic for Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm using lights and video. Chris has been the lighting designer for Windmill Theatre Co’s Big Bad Wolf and The Story Thieves.
Chris currently lives and draws in Melbourne, Australia. He has created illustration and animated pieces for diverse clients ranging from Nike Jordan and The Chicago Bulls in the sports world to fashion projects for Valentino and L’Officiel Hommes magazine. He has designed t-shirts for Screamdance, animates characters, carves creatures out of wood and was also once a member of the video department at Fabrica Creative Research Centre in Italy. Chris has completed a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Illustration) at UniSA where he has taught an animation course and occasional illustration classes.
Julianne is a playwright with numerous stage and screen credits including Blue Heelers (Southern Star) and Backberner (ABC-TV Sydney). She consults as a dramaturg for theatre companies throughout Australia and lectures in story design at Victoria University. Julianne also teaches comedy writing for Swinburne University and writes features for The Age. Julianne was dramaturg on the Arena Theatre multimedia trilogy Autopsy, Mass and Panacea, which won the 1999 ASSITEJ President’s Award for Best in the World, presented in Norway. Both Autopsy and her highly acclaimed first play, The Women There, have toured Canada as invitees of major theatre festivals. Julianne wrote Arena Theatre’s Eat Your Young that toured to Taiwan and Australian capital cities. For Windmill Theatre Co, she has written Pinocchio and Rumpelstiltskin.
Selene Cochrane has been a costumier for over 25 years. Starting out working in the fashion industry, she eventually moved into theatre and performance art. Her designs have featured in her work for numerous productions for performer Christine Johnston, with whom she continues to work. Their most recent collaboration being for her role as “The Old Lady” in Opera Queensland’s production of Candide 2015.
As Wardrobe Supervisor and Resident Designer for Queensland Ballet from 1998 to 2003, Selene designed and made costumes for many productions including The Little Mermaid, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty, some of which toured throughout Australia and Internationally. Whilst working with the dancers, Selene developed an extensive knowledge and love of making costumes that can “move” with the body. She has also created costumes for many dancers, acrobats and companies including Expressions Dance Company and Circa Contemporary Circus.
Including her freelance work as costume designer and maker, Selene is also currently working as Wardrobe Coordinator at Circa.