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Seeking: Interview participants for new creative development

Seeking: Interview participants for new creative development

Our intrepid research team are hitting the road around Adelaide, asking people questions about the great mysteries of life. We’ll then create a brand new theatre work that endeavours to solve them, set to premiere in 2020. We’re currently on the look out for people who match the following descriptions to be interviewed for this unique creative development. 1. Calling all grandparents! We’re looking to interview people between the ages of 60-80 from a diverse range of backgrounds. 2. Have you ever experienced an alien encounter, seen a ghost, had a near death experience or witnessed a miracle? We want…

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From Adelaide to London – Meet the donors taking Windmill to the world

From Adelaide to London – Meet the donors taking Windmill to the world

Imagine seeing a locally made show in your hometown of Adelaide, then experiencing it again on the other side of the world. That’s the case for Roger and Helen Salkeld, our wonderful company supporters who were part of the Rumpelstiltskin touring party to London in December last year. A co-production between Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company South Australia starring Paul Capsis, Rumpelstiltskin premiered at the Dunstan Playhouse in September 2016. Following its successful opening, the Southbank Centre in London  programmed the show as their prestigious Christmas musical. After seeing the show (a few times!) in Adelaide, the Salkelds decided…

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Windmill on the road again for 100,000km of global touring across next 12 months

Windmill on the road again for 100,000km of global touring across next 12 months

Acclaimed South Australian theatre company, Windmill Theatre Co, today detailed plans for its extensive upcoming national and international touring that will take the company across Australia and to China, Taiwan, Norway, Ireland, England and the United States in the next twelve months. Baba Yaga, Windmill’s co-production with Scotland’s Imaginate, will kick off with a four-week tour of China next month. The show will visit Beijing, Hangshou and Xi’an before heading to the Taipei Children’s Arts Festival in Taiwan. This tour marks Windmill’s fifth visit to China and its first trip to Taiwan. In September Baba Yaga will travel to Kristiansand,…

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From Whyalla to Wagga Wagga: Taking Windmill to the regions

From Whyalla to Wagga Wagga: Taking Windmill to the regions

Windmill has been to some of the furthest reaches of the globe, but many of our biggest fans can be found in the most remote corners of Australia. Every year, our shows visit people all over the country from Roxby Downs to Margaret River to Wagga Wagga. Since 2011, there has been 158 Windmill performances in a wide range of regional towns with even more coming up over the next year. Bryanne Jardine from Murwillumbah Theatre Company in New South Wales says offering live theatre experiences for young people in remote areas is critical. “There is definitely a market and…

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Life on the road: Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga

Life on the road: Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga

On the verge of a huge 2019 tour, we sat down with Elizabeth Hay from Baba Yaga to chat all things Vaselina, China and life on tour. Created by three theatre makers from different ends of the globe, it’s no wonder that Baba Yagais preparing for a new life on the road, with a busy six months of touring ahead. China is the next stop for Baba Yaga’s rocket ship, marking the fifth tour that Windmill is taking to the country, as part of an ongoing relationship with Arts Space for Kids. Elizabeth Hay, who plays Vaselina in the show, previously worked…

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Puppets, 3D Printing and Pop! – bringing Beep to life

Puppets, 3D Printing and Pop! – bringing Beep to life

Beep and her friends have come a long way since their premiere Adelaide season in 2017. After a new paint job for Beep, a fur coat for Mort and a nine-week tour of mainland China, 2019 sees the gang making a few stops across Australia, before a 12-week tour of the US and Canada in early 2020. Like Grug and Grug and the Rainbow before it, puppeteering is at the heart of Beep, and a lot of behind the scenes work goes into creating the characters and bringing them to life. “Most of Beep’s externals were 3D printed… to get the manufactured, clean lines…

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Christine Johnston and the weird and wonderful Baba Yaga

Christine Johnston and the weird and wonderful Baba Yaga

Christine Johnston is known for playing many quirky and wondrous characters. From Madame Lark to Eve Kransky, she has done it all. Her latest creation is in the Windmill Theatre Co and Imaginate co-commissioned show, Baba Yaga as the spooky and mysterious lead inspired by the Russian folktale. Ahead of the Australian Premiere as part of the 2019 Adelaide Festival, we sat down with Johnston to chat about all things Baba Yaga. How did the idea for a show based on the legend of Baba Yaga come about? When Shona, Rose and I first put our heads together in Edinburgh to find seeds for ideas from which to start growing a show, it was Shona who…

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Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle

Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle

Windmill has teamed up with visual artist Fleur Elise Noble to create Baba Yaga’s Pop-Up Jungle. Inspired by the show, The Jungle is created with painted cardboard, captivating lighting and projection, and explores the idea of following your dreams. It features a variety of jungle animals along with a larger than life cut out of Baba Yaga herself – who even talks! All children attending the show will be greeted by our Jungle Guides and taken on a journey through the wilderness. At the end, they will have the chance to add their own piece to the installation. The idea…

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Witches, robots and sweet fifteenths – announcing our bumper 2019 season

Witches, robots and sweet fifteenths – announcing our bumper 2019 season

Following a remarkable period of success and growth in recent months, today we’ve launched our 2019 live theatre season for toddlers to teenagers, young adults and families. After a sell-out season at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival earlier this year, Baba Yaga will make its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival in February. A unique international collaboration between Windmill and Imaginate in Scotland, this critically acclaimed show for ages seven and up is a new take on an old Russian folktale with a modern twist. The enigmatic Christine Johnston of The Kransky Sisters stars as Baba Yaga, and co-created the…

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From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

From Girl Asleep to Amphibian: Meet Maiah Stewardson

If you think Maiah Stewardson from Amphibian looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen her as high school mean-girl Jade in the film adaptation of Girl Asleep.  Daniela Frangos spoke to Stewardson about how far the 20-year-old’s career has come since the 2015 film.   Maiah Stewardson is a natural. That’s not to diminish the hard yards she’s put in over the years – from acting classes to cutting her teeth on local stages to sowing the seeds for her own production company, which is set to launch in a few months. But it’s clear the Adelaide performer was destined for an audience.…

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