Plop!

An interactive and action-packed adventure for little ones.

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A Windmill Theatre Co Production

When two tiny rabbits get frightened by an apple falling from above, the anticipation of it happening again and again leads to an interactive and action-packed adventure.

Can our little fluffy heroes overcome their fear, and will they outwit the big, scary block-rocking bear?

Specially crafted to provide preschool audiences with intimate and non-threatening first theatrical experiences, this is a show full of invention and theatrical magic as the performers duck, dive and do their level best to stop the terrible plop!

Plop! follows seasons of Cat and Boom Bah as the third installment in our ‘Picture Book to Performance’ partnership with The Advertiser’s Little Big Book Club.

Commissioned with support from Come Out and presented as part of Come Out 2009. The Terrible Plop published by Penguin 2009.

  • Recommended for age
  • Theatre
  • 30 minutes

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Sam Haren

    Director

    Sam is currently a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company who create immersive, and interactive theatre and personal experiences. Sam was the Artistic Director of The Border Project from 2002-2012, directing/co-directing all of their work during that time. He has co-directed Ghosts Toast and the Things Unsaid (Sandpit/ Google’s Creative Lab), Eyes (Sandpit) and Skeleton with Larissa McGowan (Adelaide Festival 2013 & Dance Massive/Malthouse). Sam has worked with Australian Dance Theatre as a dramaturg and researcher. He was one of three international finalists for Rolex’s Mentor and Protégé Initiative for a mentorship with Julie Taymor in 2006. For Windmill Theatre Co, Sam has directed Plop!, Escape from Peligro Island, Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, as well as interactive experience My Room.

  • DJ TR!P

    Composer, Musician

    DJ TR!P is a multi-award winning producer, composer and performer of electronic music. Over a career spanning 20 years he has built an impressive repertoire of live compositions for his club sets, a variety of high profile contemporary theatre, dance and film productions, as well as for festival openings, launches and major cultural events. He has played live at numerous national and international venues, festivals and events including The New Victory Theater (42nd St, New York), Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, The Tank (New York), State Theater (New Jersey), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Game On (from the Barbican Art Gallery), MONA FOMA, Adelaide’s New Years Eve’s Fireworks Countdown, DARK MOFO, The Famous Spielgeltent, Ten Days On The Island, Sydney Opera House, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Big Day Out, ACMI, Federation Square (New Years Eve), Brisbane Powerhouse, Falls Festival and many more. DJ TR!P worked with Windmill Theatre Co previously as the composer for their shows Plop! and Grug.

  • Geoff Cobham

    Designer

    Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work has ranged from many smaller innovative productions at the Performance Space, Queens Theatre, Belvoir St, Red Shed and 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.

  • Katherine Fyffe

    Creative Consultant

    Katherine graduated with Honours from Flinders Drama Centre in 2001 and was a founding member of The Border Project. She has co-created and performed in I Am Not An Animal, Trouble on Planet Earth, Highway Rock N Roll Disaster, Please Go Hop! Medeamaterial, and Disappearance for The Border Project. She has toured internationally in Afternoon of the Elves and The Green Sheep for Windmill, and performed in productions at STC, MTC and STCSA. In 2006 she worked with the experimental company Goat Island Performance Group in Chicago. Recent writing credit Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid for Sandpit and Google’s Creative Lab won the 2016 Best Interactive Adelaide Fringe Award.

  • Nathan O’Keefe

    Cast

    Nathan has worked extensively in theatre within Australia and overseas. Recent credits include Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Things I Know To Be True, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (STCSA), Masquerade (STCSA/Griffin), Betrayal (STCSA/Melbourne Theatre Company) and the title role of Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co/STCSA) in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, New York. Other credits include Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, Hot Fudge, Ghosts, King Lear, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Three Sisters (STCSA), Thursday, The Hypochondriac, Harbinger (Brink), this uncharted hour (STCSA/Brink), Man Covets Bird (Slingsby), I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr. McGee and the Biting Flea, Emily Loves To Bounce, Me & My Shadow (Patch), Plop!, Grug, Grug & The Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Nathan is an Adelaide Theatre Guide and Adelaide Critics Circle Award Recipient.

     

  • Nadia Rossi

    Cast

    Nadia Rossi graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2006. Her theatre credits include The Green Sheep (Assitej Festival, Hong Kong, USA, New Zealand and Australian tour), CAT (Assitej Festival and South Australian regional tour) and PLOP! (USA and Australian tour) (Windmill Theatre Co). She has also performed in The Book Show (Splash Theatre Company). She has also performed in The Memory of Water and Three Sisters (State Theatre Company of SA). In the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Nadia performed in Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake (winner of the inSPACE Development Award, Adelaide Fringe 2009) the first original work from her ensemble theatre company isthisyours? which they followed with Best We Forget in the 2010 Adelaide Fringe. Nadia is a proud member of Equity.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Pitch-perfect expression for little ones."

Time Out New York

"This 35-minute show offers surprise after surprise, eliciting giggles from grown-ups too."

New York Times

"This show has only one lesson: all you need is an apple, and you can have a ball."

New York Times

"One Good Apple."

Sunday Mail

"Cleverly devised, designed and directed."

Sunday Mail

"The little children make a party of the whole show... squeals of laughter as well as gasps of amazement. "

The Advertiser

"Plop makes a big splash."

The Advertiser

Credits

  • Director Sam Haren
  • Composer, Musician DJ TR!P
  • Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Creative Consultant Katherine Fyffe
  • Cast Nathan O’Keefe
  • Cast Nadia Rossi

Acknowledgements

Artwork: Jonathon Oxlade, Linehan Scott Design, Andrew Joyner.

Commissioned with support from Come Out and presented as part of Come Out 2009. The Terrible Plop published by Penguin 2009.

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