Girl Asleep

Part fairytale and part lipstick-smeared vigilante escapade.

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Part of the Trilogy

Greta Driscoll is chronically shy and privately falling apart.

Frozen in the spotlight of her fifteenth birthday, things go from bad to worse when a stranger arrives propelling her into a parallel place; a latent world that’s weirdly erotic, ultra violent and thoroughly ludicrous. Part fairytale and part lipstick-smeared vigilante escapade, this is a girl’s own adventure where heroism and gender implode in a unique exposé of the sisterhood.

  • Recommended for age
  • Theatre
  • 90 minutes


  • 2015 Australian Writers Guild Award: Nomination: Matthew Whittet

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Matthew Whittet

    Writer, Cast

    Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for the past 19 years. As an actor Matt has performed for Belvoir many times, most recently in Cinderella, The Book Of Everything and Conversation Piece. His film credits include: GIRL ASLEEP, THE GREAT GATSBY, AUSTRALIA, YOU CAN’T STOP THE MURDERS and MOULIN ROUGE. Matt’s collaboration with Windmill has resulted in four plays with Girl Asleep being the most recent. Its predecessors are the Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards winning School Dance and Big Bad Wolf. Matt’s feature film adaptation of his play Girl Asleep (supported by The Hive Production Fund) debuted at the Adelaide Film Festival and went on to open the 2016 Generation 14 Plus Program at Berlin International Film Festival. Matt’s latest play Fight with All Your Might the Zombies of The Night, winner of the 2015 Foundation Commission Award, will premiere at ATYP in November 2016. Matt was among the seven Sidney Myer Creative Fellows chosen in 2012.

  • Rosemary Myers


    Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work that is inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of genuine relevance in this modern time. 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.

  • Jonathon Oxlade


    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at The Queensland College of Art and has designed sets and costumes in Australia for Windmill Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Barking Gecko, Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, STCSA, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit and Belvoir St Theatre. Jonathon has also designed for venues and festivals including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. He illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian and the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee. Jonathon is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre Co and won his first AACTA Award for Costume Design in 2016 for his work on Windmill’s debut film, Girl Asleep. Jonathon is also a recipient of the 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

  • Luke Smiles

    Original Soundtrack

    Luke creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film, working across all areas of music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists & companies. Various credits include: ʻGʼ (Australian Dance Theatre), Double Think (Byron Perry), Glow (Chunky Move), I left my shoes on warm concrete and stood in the rain (Gabrielle Nankivell), The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company), Wildebeest (Sydney Dance Company), Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Company).

  • Richard Vabre

    Lighting Designer

    Richard is a freelance lighting designer who has lit productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Victorian Opera, Windmill Theatre Co, Arena Theatre Company, NICA, The Darwin Festival, Stuck Pig’s Squealing, Chambermade, Rawcus, Red Stitch, Polyglot, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Aphids and many productions at La Mama Awards. Richard has won 4 Green Room Awards including the Association’s John Truscott Prize for Excellence in Design (2004). He has also been nominated for 7 other Green Room Awards.

  • Gabrielle Nankivell

    Movement Consultant

    An avid maker, performer, educator and collaborator, Gabrielle has spent over a decade creating and performing for a worldwide audience. Her choreographic work has been presented in 10 countries across 3 continents. She was also co-founder/director of the project company OX (Belgium/Slovenia) with Jurij Konjar from 2003-2007.

    Gabrielle’s performance credits with renowned international companies and artists include Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), Raul Maia (Portugal), Thomas Steyaert (Belgium), Alexander Baervoets (Belgium), Aaben Dans (Denmark), Splintergroup/Animal Farm Collective (Australia/Germany), Luke Smiles, Regurgitator, Daniel Jaber & Australian Dance Theatre amongst others.

  • Amber McMahon


    Amber McMahon is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively in theatre for the past 12 years. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2002 and has since worked across the country and abroad with a host of leading companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Queensland Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre Co. Amber’s most recent theatre credits include Belvoir’s TWELFTH NIGHT and ANGELS IN AMERICA, Ensemble Theatre’s TRIBES, Malthouse Theatre’s PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, State Theatre Company South Australia’s THE POPULAR MECHANICALS, Melbourne Theatre Company’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Windmill Theatre Co’s GIRL ASLEEP and SCHOOL DANCE, for which she won the 2013 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.

  • Ellen Steele


    Ellen graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2006 and has worked extensively in theatre both within Australia and overseas. Credits include Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (STCSA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby Theatre Company), I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Ellen is a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? and has also developed work with independent artists and companies throughout Adelaide and Melbourne. She was involved in Goodbye, CSIRAC (Zoe Meagher) and Kids Can Get Lost (Split Second) as part of Next Wave Festival, Au Revoir Abattoir (Little Black Box), Audio Commentary (isthisyours?) and Crawl Me Blood (Aphids) as part of Adhocracy, I Left You This Way (FOLA) and The Plains (Sanctum Theatre).


  • Sheridan Harbridge


    Sheridan is an actor, playwright, singer and comedienne, graduating from NIDA in 2006. Her musical Songs for the Fallen won Best Musical and Outstanding actress at the New York Music Theatre Festival in 2015, and has toured in Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, and Brisbane Festival. Her cabaret Mrs.Bang: A Series of Seductions in 55 Minutes appeared in Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the 32nd Stage Song Review in Poland, and the Opera House, receiving a Green Room Award nomination, Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe in 2010. This year she is a Griffin Theatre Studio Resident.

  • Dylan Young


    One of Dylan’s first television roles was in the 2009 HBO war series THE PACIFIC produced by DreamWorks. Most recently Dylan appeared in Foxtel’s gothic mystery thriller series THE KETTERING INCIDENT produced by Porchlight Films, and also starring Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez. In 2015, he appeared in the Matchbox Pictures/Foxtel epic war mini-series DEADLINE GALLIPOLI starring Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy and Charles Dance and the Wayne Blair directed mini-series CLEVERMAN. Prior to that he appeared alongside Don Hany, Jack Thompson and Toni Collette in the critically acclaimed 6 part Matchbox Pictures/Foxtel series THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, a sequel to the 1976 film of the same name directed by Fred Schepisi.

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"A swirl of colour and movement."


"Matthew Whittet’s big-hearted coming-of-age tale rode high on Rosemary Myers’ slick direction and energetic comic performances and elaborate sets and costumes."


"Vivacious and memorable…has all the bright, bold, energetic hallmarks of earlier works."


"Eamon Farren is endearing as Elliot"


"Ellen Steele plays Greta with utter charm and conviction, the light in the room who gives everyone else a chance to shine."


"Familiar blend of fantasy, comedy and gentle sentiment aimed at all audiences."


"Eamon Farren is pitch perfect as Greta’s awkward but brave friend Elliot."


"Girl Asleep is a memorable show, bringing together the entertaining absurdity of dreams and the struggles of adolescent life in a perfect mix. Girl Asleep is definitely something special."


"Windmill’s collaboration with Whittet continues to thrive."


"Girl Asleep is an excellent night out for both adults and almost-adults."


"One of the Adelaide Festival’s most loved performances."



  • Writer, Cast Matthew Whittet
  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Original Soundtrack Luke Smiles
  • Lighting Designer Richard Vabre
  • Movement Consultant Gabrielle Nankivell
  • Cast Amber McMahon
  • Cast Ellen Steele
  • Cast Sheridan Harbridge
  • Cast Dylan Young


Belvoir presents a Windmill Theatre Co production

Original season presented by Windmill Theatre Co and 2014 Adelaide Festival. This project received special funding from Major Commissions and Festival Commissioning Fund Through Arts SA and 2014 Adelaide Festival.

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