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Making Amphibian

Making Amphibian

Windmill’s upcoming world premiere tells the powerful and very human story of two teenagers – one whose family have moved from Sydney to Adelaide, and another who has travelled across land and sea, looking for a better life. Daniela Frangos spoke to writer Duncan Graham and director Sasha Zahra about how Amphibian tackles a burning global issue in a high school setting.   “It seemed to be a title that captured many of the themes of the play,” says writer Duncan Graham. The name of Windmill’s new show, Amphibian, might seem a peculiar fit for a story about two high school…

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Meet our Donors: Chris and Susan Stewart

Meet our Donors: Chris and Susan Stewart

Thanks to our valued donors we’re able to bring our works to children and families who might not otherwise get a chance to experience the theatre, from disadvantaged schools to regional centres. Meet another family who has been instrumental in supporting this mission.   While Chris and Susan Stewart have taken their two children to Windmill for many years, it is not their own experience with theatre that turned them from audience members to patrons. It was bringing the thrill of live performance to other children and families that inspired them. ‘Windmill take their shows out to regional areas and to…

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Meet our Donors: Amanda Blair

Meet our Donors: Amanda Blair

Our valued donors allow us to create exciting, new work for young audiences, traverse the globe and dream big for the future. Meet a family who has been instrumental in supporting this mission.   Amanda Blair knows Windmill’s playbills inside out. Not just because she has been a generous supporter of the company but she has seen her four children – Ginger, Nancy, Frank and Sidney – enjoy the shows first hand. ‘I think [Windmill] were probably the first introduction to large theatre for all four of them. I just loved what they did. I continue to love what they do,’…

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Who is Baba Yaga?

Who is Baba Yaga?

Windmill’s latest dive into the world of fairytales, the Russian tale of Baba Yaga is not one we’re all familiar with. Who exactly is Baba Yaga? The Windmill rendition is a highly entertaining, talented and stylish woman who can play two recorders with her nose, perform expert bird calls and make music from a saw, but we wanted to dig a little deeper into the legend of Baba Yaga and why this ancient story resonates with the makers of the work today. To help us, Daniela Frangos did a little research and spoke to our creative team to shed some…

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Windmill launches free immersive digital platform Girl Asleep: An Interactive Journey

Windmill launches free immersive digital platform Girl Asleep: An Interactive Journey

Acclaimed national theatre company Windmill Theatre Co has today launched a free digital learning package for their award winning coming-of-age film Girl Asleep. The two-part offering, aimed at students, teachers and general film fans, gives an imaginative and dynamic insight into the making of Girl Asleep from the ground up, alongside a digital study guide focused on delivering innovative student learning outcomes in the classroom. Girl Asleep: An Interactive Journey is an immersive online microsite that allows young people to explore the set of the film, meet the cast and crew, and take a quiz to discover their ultimate film…

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Rumpelstiltskin spins gold with UK premiere season

Rumpelstiltskin spins gold with UK premiere season

London’s iconic Southbank Centre to present Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company South Australia’s Rumpelstiltskin in Queen Elizabeth Hall as centrepiece 2018 Christmas show. It started in Adelaide, now Windmill and State Theatre Company’s award-winning family musical Rumpelstiltskin is set to bedazzle audiences in London. Rumpelstiltskin, which premiered at the Dunstan Playhouse in 2016 to rave reviews and sell out performances, will play a four-week season in the 915-seat Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Thousands of people are expected over the 30-performance season, which runs from 13 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. Premier Steven Marshall said, ‘It is…

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Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian Road Trip

Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian Road Trip

After three months on the road Grug and the Rainbow’s Australian tour has come to a close. Performer Ashton Malcolm looks back on Grug and the team’s adventures. Grug and the Rainbow returns to Adelaide in April 2018. Book now. JOINING THE TOUR I joined Grug a month into his action-packed Australian Road Trip. He had already travelled to Burnie, Sydney, Casula, Wagga Wagga, Murwillumbah and Brisbane, with his incredible team – performers Lizzie Hay, Pat McAulliffe and Tamara Rewse, and Stage Manager Lyndie Li Wan Po – and now it was my turn to tag team with Tamara, and…

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Grug goes global as Windmill returns to China

Grug goes global as Windmill returns to China

Acclaimed South Australian theatre company, Windmill Theatre Co, today commenced a three-week season of its international award-winning production Grug in Mainland China. The tour, which opens today in Chengdu, includes 22 performances over 11 days and will reach approximately 4,400 children and families over a three-week period. Following Chengdu, Grug will travel to Changde and Zhengzhou in China’s Henan province. The program also includes a series of post-performance workshops based on Windmill’s interactive arts education program. Since establishing a strategic partnership with Shanghai’s Vertical Productions in 2015, Windmill has performed to over 11,000 Chinese children and delivered 120 performances in…

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Announcing Windmill Pictures, School Dance film and 2018 Theatre Season

Announcing Windmill Pictures, School Dance film and 2018 Theatre Season

Put your seatbelts on because Windmill Theatre Co has a slew of announcements for you, revealed at today’s special event after the world premiere of our new play for children, Beep. WINDMILL PICTURES AND SCHOOL DANCE FILM After the success of our first feature film Girl Asleep, today we have launched Windmill Pictures, a new arm of Windmill wholly dedicated to developing screen projects from our live theatre repertoire. The first of these projects will be our next feature film, School Dance, based on the multi Helpmann Award winning stage production. Minister for the Arts, the Hon Jack Snelling helped us…

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Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part III – New York to Vancouver

Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part III – New York to Vancouver

Week 9 (Part One): New York City New city, new venue, new cast! Our first day was a huge but very productive day of switching roles and rehearsing Tamara into Grug and the Rainbow. We we’re in a new venue, with different acoustics, and a change in cast and roles for us. It was a lot to focus on whilst still carrying the heart of the show and giving the kids a great show. We had an intense re-rehearsal day with a preview for the wonderful creatives and team at The New Vic before our first show. When you work…

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