Pinocchio

Based on the classic tale and boldly retold as a witty, gothic, rocking, family music theatre spectacular.

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About

Once there was a lonely man with lots of love to give. He wanted a child so much that he carved himself a beautiful little boy. But the boy wanted the world and the latest designer sandshoes. He wanted fame, celebrity and to walk on the wild side. He was lured by temptation and the love of a blue girl. This woodenhead wanted more than his father could possibly give, and so he ran away to get it. This is his story…

Based on the classic tale and boldly retold as a witty, gothic, rocking, family music theatre spectacular, Pinocchio is a contemporary celebration of the ‘whatever’ generation.

  • For ages 8 - 108
  • Musical Theatre
  • 130 minutes
  • Strobe effects

Awards

  • CHASS Australia Prize 2015 Winner: Distinctive Work for a Performance
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Winner: Best New Australian Work: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Winner: Best Presentation for Children: Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Direction of a Musical: Rosemary Myers, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Scenic Design: Jonathon Oxlade, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham, Pinocchio
  • Helpmann Awards 2014 Nomination: Best Original Score: Jethro Woodward, Pinocchio
  • Melbourne Green Room Award Nomination: Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham (Lighting Design) & Chris More (Video Design): Pinocchio
  • Ruby Award Winner: Best Work: Pinocchio

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers

    Director, Co-Writer

    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 Rumpelstiltskin, 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. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Girl Asleep with Windmill Theatre Co, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

  • Julianne O'Brien

    Writer

    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.

  • Jethro Woodward

    Musical Director

    Jethro is a composer, musician and sound designer known for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. He is a multi Green Room Award winner and nominee, working with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies.

    These include Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Arena, Windmill Theatre Co, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Dance Theatre and more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth (Malthouse/Arena), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse/Arena) and The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse). He was the Musical Director and Sound Designer for six-time Helpmann nominated musical Wizard of Oz and multi-award winning Pinocchio.

  • Chris More

    Video Designer

    Chris studied Electronic Design and Interactive Media at Swinburne. His work with the moving image has led to creative collaborations for live performance and theatre, including Starchaser (Arena Theatre Company), Half Real (The Border Project).

    He has also worked on Wizard of Oz and School Dance for Windmill Theatre Co, Girl Who Cried Wolf for Arena Theatre Company, Criminology for Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Malthouse Theatre), and Skid 180 with Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Contact). Chris runs the creative design practise Studio Organic, an interdisciplinary studio working in visual design.

  • Geoff Cobham

    Lighting Designer

    Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work includes smaller innovative productions at the Performance Space, Queens Theatre, Belvoir St and Red Shed. Geoff has worked at non-theatre venues to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation. With his company Bluebottle he has designed many lighting installations and lit public artworks, buildings, landscapes and freeways. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 to study Outdoor Theatre in Europe. This led to the creation of Barrio; inspired by the “participatory theatre” movement currently sweeping Europe.

  • Carol Wellman Kelly

    Movement

    Carol was made in Australia and studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has extensive experience in performing, teaching and choreographing both nationally and internationally. From 1992 – 1999, she worked as a freelancer in London. She was the assistant director for Garry Stewart and ADT (2000-2008), rehearsal director for Tasdance, Artistic advisor and Project manager Restless dance Theatre, Movement lecturer Flinders University Drama department, member Board of Directors, Australia Council, Ausdance and SA and Audio Describer for theatre and dance. Carol’s work with Windmill Theatre Co includes The Wizard of Oz, Girl Who Cried Wolf, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf  and Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Paul White

    Musician

    Paul White is one of Adelaide’s most sought after musicians, producers, composers, and educators. He has worked with an extensive list of the who’s who of Australian music including Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, Troy Cassar Daly, The Party boys and many more. He has also been in his own projects like Goose, Lucifer’s Lounge and the Hammond Eggs. Paul has composed music for short films, commercials, and video games and also produces, engineers and co-writes music with other artists. Paul has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with his music and works regularly in Adelaide not only as a gigging musician but also as a session keyboard player for many recording artists.

  • Jonathon Oxlade

    Designer, Performer

    Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, isthisyours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Barking Gecko.

    He has also worked with Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Last Great Hunt, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is resident designer. Jonathon has received numerous awards. Most recently in 2016, Jonathon was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for ‘Girl Asleep’, and received an AACTA award for best Costume for ‘Girl Asleep’. In 2017, he received Best Costume Design for ‘Mr Burns’ Sydney Theatre Awards.

  • Mitchell Butel

    Performer

    Mitchell holds four Helpmann Awards, three Sydney Theatre Awards and two Green Room Awards for his work as an actor, singer and director.

    Mitchell’s stage credits include The Merchant of Venice, Othello (Bell Shakespeare), Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, The Government Inspector, Angels in America, Strange Interlude, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, The Laramie Project, A View from the Bridge, Dead Heart (Belvoir), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Arms And The Man, Romeo And Juliet, Summer Rain, Harbour, The Republic Of Myopia, Mourning Becomes Electra, Tartuffe, Dead White Males, The Cafe Latte Kid, Six Degrees Of Separation (STC), Disgraced, Tomfoolery, Urinetown, Piaf (MTC), Stones In His Pockets, The Venetian Twins (QTC), Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl (Malthouse), Emerald City (Griffin), South Pacific, Orpheus In The Underworld, The Mikado (Opera Australia), An Act Of God (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), A Genetleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, The Producers, Kismet, Sugar, Little Me, Oklahoma And Hair (The Production Company), Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co/STCSA) and commercial musical productions of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Assassins, Avenue Q, Follies and Little Shop Of Horrors.

    He holds two AFI nominations for his work in Australian feature films. His film and TV highlights include Dance Academy, Holding The Man, Gettin’ Square, The Bank, Strange Fits Of Passion, Dark City, Deep Water, Hiding, Janet King, The Broken Shore, Rake, Grass Roots, Wildside, G.P. And Bordertown.

  • Paul Capsis

    Performer

    Spanning an extensive career, Paul is best known as a theatre, concert and cabaret performer. His theatre highlights include Angela’s Kitchen, Little Bird, The Threepenny Opera, Boulevard Delirium, Three Furies, The Rocky Horror Show and All About My Mother. He has worked on these productions with various state and independent theatre companies throughout Australia. Paul has also worked extensively internationally including in New York, London, Vienna, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He appeared in a leading role in the Australian feature film The Boy Castaways, as well as the telemovie Carlotta (2013). He has won five Helpmann Awards, a Green Room Award, a Film Critics Circle Award and the 2010 Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.

  • Jude Henshall

    Performer

    Jude graduated with Honours from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2006. Since then, she has worked extensively for flagship, independent and experimental theatre companies across Australia and internationally.Companies include Bell Shakespeare, Ontrorend Goed, State Theatre Company of SA, Windmill Theatre Co and Patch Theatre. Jude is an associate member of The Border Project and a founding member of isthisyours? Film and television credits include Sunshine and Oranges, The Swimming Lesson, Yuri Shima, Wire Through the Heart and Rainshadow.

  • Danielle Catanzariti

    Performer

    Danielle is a L’Oreal Paris AFI Young Award winning actress for her first feature film, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger in 2007. She starred as lead character Esther Blueburger and starred opposite Academy Award nominees Toni Collette and Keisha Castle-Hughes. Following this, Danielle was cast in Sydney Theatre Company’s 2008 season play Blackbird, directed by Cate Blanchett, which toured to Germany and New Zealand. Danielle also starred opposite singer Natalie Imbruglia in the Australian feature film Closed for Winter, as well as completing a guest appearance on Seven Network’s All Saints. She has appeared in various productions for Windmill Theatre Co, Brink, State Theatre Company of SA and Belvoir St Theatre.

  • Nathan O’Keefe

    Performer

    Nathan has worked extensively in theatre both nationally and internationally. He was a member of the State Theatre Company South Australia (STCSA) Actors Ensemble for 2017 and 2018.

    Nathan most recently finished his debut performance in Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Hydra. Other recent theatre credits include the title role in Macbeth, Sense & Sensibility, In The Club, A Doll’s House (STCSA Ensemble), Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Things I Know To Be True, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (STCSA), Masquerade (STCSA/Griffin), Betrayal (STCSA/MTC) and the title role of Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co/STCSA) in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, New York. He has also worked on Plop!, Grug, Grug & The Rainbow and Beep for Windmill. Nathan is an Adelaide Theatre Guide and Adelaide Critics Circle Award Recipient.

     

  • Alirio Zavarce

    Performer

    A multi-award-winning artistic director and theatre maker, Alirio Zavarce was born in Caracas, Venezuela and migrated to Australia in 1992, graduating from the Flinders University Drama Centre in 2000. He has numerous performance credits with theatre companies across Australia including Sydney Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, Malthouse and State Theatre Company South Australia.

    Alirio is the Artistic Director of AJZ Productions, True North Youth Theatre Ensemble and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Alirio wrote and directed Trapped and Sons & Mothers, and wrote and performed in the semi-autobiographical The Book of Loco. He also directed A Kid Like Me as part of the 2015 Come Out Festival. He represented Australia in the Worlds Festival for Children’s Theatre in Canada in 2016, and won both a Ruby Award and an Awgie Award in the same year.

    Alirio is currently developing three works: The Tower of Babel, The Book of Errors and I Forgot to Remember To Forget, which premiered at the True Colours Festival in Singapore, and will make its Australian premiere in 2019.

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Creating Pinocchio

What the critics say

"It totally blows your mind! A critics pick... ★★★★"

Time Out New York

"Manifests robust energy, visual flair and an aversion to modern-day phoniness."

The New York Times

"You will come away amazed by the rich, psychedelic music, magical set, and impressive visual design that makes this show something special."

NYTheater Now

"Chris More's video projections and Mr Oxlade's overall visual scheme...blends sophistication with an endearing primitivism."

The New York Times

"Rosemary Myers directs this energetic Pinocchio with a sharp instinct for entertaining the eye and the ear."

Theater Mania

"Go ahead and marvel at another richly imaginative offering from Windmill Theatre... ★★★★★"

Daily Review

"This was the best show we have ever seen at [New York’s] New Victory Theatre."

Audience Member

"Pinocchio is a really brilliant musical for kids."

Time Out Sydney

"A galaxy of glittering performances."

The Daily Telegraph

"A thoroughly engaging, extroverted rock-musical."

ArtsHub

"A merry-go-round of clever comedy, edgy music, immersing animated visuals and winning performances."

Sydney Morning Herald

"A dazzling production."

The Australian

"Flair and style bring this wooden boy home."

The Australian

"Pinocchio delivers the goods, and then some... simply wonderful."

The Advertiser

"This show is a must-see."

InDaily

"Pure colourful escapism... you can’t help but leave with a grin on your face... ★★★★"

ArtsHub

Credits

  • Director, Co-Writer Rosemary Myers
  • Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Video Designer Chris More
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly
  • Musician Paul White
  • Designer, Performer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Performer Mitchell Butel
  • Performer Paul Capsis
  • Performer Jude Henshall
  • Performer Danielle Catanzariti
  • Performer Nathan O’Keefe
  • Performer Alirio Zavarce

Acknowledgements

Pinocchio is a Windmill Theatre Company and State Theatre Company South Australia production.

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