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Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part II – Fayetteville to Cleveland

Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part II – Fayetteville to Cleveland

Week 3 (Part One): Ann Arbor and Brown County It’s been a fun but massive week of shows and city jumping. We left Kitchener and said goodbye to Canada (for now) and started our week long trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas. We crossed the border into the US, drove past the outskirts of Detroit and made it to a beautiful Ann Arbor lake house that we were staying in overnight. We spent our first night glued to our back porch counting squirrels and listening to Leonard Cohen. We were woken up the following morning to a family of deer on our…

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Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part I – Washington to Canada

Matt’s Grug and the Rainbow Tour Blog Part I – Washington to Canada

While on tour with our loveable superstar Grug, performer Matt Crook will be penning a tour blog to keep you up-to-date on all things Grug and the Rainbow in North America. Check it out below.   Week One: Washington DC, USA We’re back on tour with Grug and The Rainbow and back in North America. It’s good to be back but it sure is cold! I miss summer already. We took off from Adelaide and travelled through Sydney and Dallas before eventually arriving in Washington DC. We met our lovely Stage Manager, Jo at the airport then checked in and…

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Goldstone, The Daughter, and Girl Asleep Win at the 2017 AFCA Awards

Goldstone, The Daughter, and Girl Asleep Win at the 2017 AFCA Awards

The Australian Film Critics Association has spoken. Quirky South Australian coming of age tale Girl Asleep has taken the top prize at the 2017 Australian Film Critics Association, while Goldstone and The Daughter picked up acting honours for Aaron Pedersen and Odessa Young, respectively. Ivan Sen also won Best Director for Goldstone, while Simon Stone took home Best Screenplay for The Daughter. In the writing awards, Adrian Danks scooped the Ivan Hutchinson Award for best long-form writing on Australian or International cinema for South of Ealing: recasting a British studio’s antipodean escapade, while Best Review of an Australian Film went to…

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Rosemary Myers Wins Prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

Rosemary Myers Wins Prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre

Windmill Theatre Co Artistic Director, Rosemary Myers, has been awarded the Australia Council Theatre Award for 2017. This prestigious award is given to one artist as recognition of the outstanding achievements and considerable contributions they have made to theatre. Rose has been Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre Co since 2008. During her time with the company, she has directed; Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio (which won a Helpmann Award for Best New Australian work), the trilogy for teenagers Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep as well as Big Bad Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin and many more. Rose’s productions regularly win awards and tour…

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Behind the Scenes with Jase

Behind the Scenes with Jase

Grug and the Rainbow is less than a month away from taking off on another 3-month tour of the US and Canada. Before it all kicks off, we sat down with Windmill Program and Production Manager, Jason Warner, who is heading overseas to keep Grug and his friends in check, to find out what it’s really like to be on tour! How long have you been with Windmill? I’ve been working at Windmill for over 10 years, with a small break in the middle for good behaviour! Was this always what you wanted to do? Generally, yes. Early on I…

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On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Windmill Theatre Co favourite, Grug is off on tour again in March bringing his latest show to the US and Canada, Grug and the Rainbow. We sat down with local Adelaide actor Matt Crook, who is part of the cast keeping Grug company on his big adventure, to chat about his career, his time with Windmill and all things Grug. This isn’t their first time to the States together, having travelled there back in 2013, with this years itinerary including Washington DC, Vancouver, New York and Cleveland, just to name a few. On the verge of taking off, Matt says…

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Windmill Theatre Co scoops two Ruby Awards

Windmill Theatre Co scoops two Ruby Awards

The 2016 Ruby Awards were held at the Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studios on Saturday night where Windmill took out awards for Best Work and Arts Innovation and Enterprise for Girl Asleep. Our Artistic Director, Rosemary Myers, was there to accept the awards, along with the cream of the crop in South Australian Arts and Culture. Minister for the Arts, Jack Snelling, offered his well-wishes to the winners on the night. “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Ruby Awards. It’s great to be able to pause briefly and pay tribute to the engine room of our…

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Windmill Theatre Co’s Jonathon Oxlade wins AACTA Award

Windmill Theatre Co’s Jonathon Oxlade wins AACTA Award

South Australian designer Jonathon Oxlade has won an AACTA Award for Best Costume Design for the coming-of age film, Girl Asleep. The sixth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, which acknowledge excellence in film, television and documentary, was held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney today. This major award caps off a remarkable year of accolades for Jonathon, who also recently won two APDG (The Australian Production Design Guild) Awards for Production and Costume Design and the coveted Sidney Myer Fellowship. Jonathon is Windmill Theatre Co’s Resident Designer and has worked for many theatre companies across Australia. As…

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Ashleigh’s World

Ashleigh’s World

This year, Windmill Theatre Co underwent a complete brand transformation and the graphic designer behind the creative process was communikate et al’s Ashleigh Abbott. Windmill and Ashleigh began working together five years ago after she graduated from University of South Australia with a Visual Communication degree and a post-graduate diploma in Visual Arts. We sat down with her earlier this month to chat about her work, her connection with Windmill, and our new branding. You started working at communikate et al back in 2015. What is your role there and what does it involve? I am the Lead Creative at…

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Designer of our dreams honoured

Designer of our dreams honoured

Windmill Theatre’s resident designer Jonathon Oxlade has won a $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for his contribution to the arts. Jonathon, whose design work for the Adelaide-based national children’s theatre company has included its internationally acclaimed Pinocchio, Grug, Big Bad Wolf and the film adaptation of Girl Asleep, was the only South Aussie among eight recipients of the tax-free grant. The fellowship recognises the importance of artists’ contribution to society and are given over a two-year period. “Each of these eight artists has worked tirelessly and I’m delighted that these fellowships directly support them and their practice,” says the selection…

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