Amphibian

An epic story of displacement, loss, and adapting to different worlds.

About

  • AGES 12+
  • 55mins
  • Occasional coarse language

Chloe and Hassan are under suspicion for stealing money while feeding the class Axolotl. Sent outside to work out who’s responsible, the unlikely pair find they have something in common. Each of them has been forced by their parents to leave their respective homes and face life as the new kid at school.

As their personal histories are revealed, Chloe hears the incredible first-hand account of an Afghan boy who’s travelled alone, thousands of kilometres across land and sea, for a better life.

Is the discovery of Hassan’s back story enough to save him from Chloe’s desire to protect her position in her new-found friendship group?

Amphibian is an epic story of displacement, loss, and adapting to different worlds.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Duncan Graham

Writer

Duncan is a multi award winning writer and director for theatre, TV and film. His plays have been produced by companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Melbourne Festival, Belvoir, Malthouse Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co.

His credits include Black Crow Lullabies; One Long Night in the Land of Nod; Ollie and the Minotaur; Cut; The Love Play; No Exit from the Roof; Half-Real; The Highway Crossing; Ready or Not; Wolf Lullaby; Dreams in White; The Myth Project – Twin; Red Ink; Please Continue; Creditors; The Jungle and Prodigal Jones.

Duncan’s play, Dreams in White is optioned by Madman Productions and he is currently under commission to write the screenplay, White. His TV series, Southend is currently in development with Academy Award-winning producer, Peter Lawson and SA Film Corporation.

Sasha Zahra

Director

Sasha has worked in numerous areas across the performing arts industry in Australia and overseas in the past 20 years with roles including director, creative producer, programmer, festival producer and theatre maker.

Her directing credits include Wicked Sista, Soaring, Crossing Paths and Second to None for Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts; Frozen for State Theatre Company SA; Wireless Voices for Riverland Youth Theatre, the ABC and Come Out, and The Book of Loco, written and performed by Alirio Zavarce.

As Creative Producer of Adelaide Fringe (2011-2014), Sasha produced and programmed numerous successful projects including the Adelaide Fringe Club (2010 – 2014), Desert Fringe (2010 – 2015), Window World, the Visibility Project and was the Executive Producer of the opening night Fringe Parade.

She was recently appointed Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the mini Pacific Games to be held in Vanuatu in December 2017, and is currently co-program director for the Royal Croquet Club in Adelaide.

 

Meg Wilson

Designer

Meg Wilson is an Adelaide-based interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly with large-scale and often site-specific installation and performance. She aims to provoke imposed perplexity, uneasiness and a sense of drama in the everyday.

As Designer, Meg has worked with Vitalstatistix, Foul Play, Carclew, No Strings Attached, Act Now and Restless Dance, collaborating with artists such as Mish Grigor, Willoh S.Weiland, Halcyon Macleod, Gaelle Mellis, Emma Beech, Yasmin Gurreeboo, Geoff Cobham and Michelle Ryan. Throughout 2016 Meg was Lead Artist intern with experimental theatremakers, THE RABBLE. Meg recently premiered new work SQUASH! with Arts House during the Festival of Live Art (FOLA), and in 2018 will debut in design roles with State Theatre Company South Australia and Windmill Theatre Co.

Meg has exhibited independently with Contemporary Art Centre SA (CACSA, 2018), BLINDSIDE, VIC; Constance ARI, TAS; and Nexus Arts and FELTspace (SA) and has created public projects for FELTspace (SA) and OSCA (SA). Meg was a finalist in the 2018 Midsumma Australia Post Art Prize with her work, Team Trampoline, which she performed at No Vacancy QV Gallery (VIC). In 2018, she will be resident artist with Urban Theatre Projects (NSW) to hand-weave trampolines for a production during Right Here. Right Now.

Ian Moorhead

Composer, Sound Designer

Ian is an artist specialising in music composition and sound design for theatre, dance, film and radio. He has performed around Australia and internationally, including New York, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Wellington, Calgary and Vancouver.

He has worked with numerous companies, including Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company South Australia, New Working Group, Back to Back Theatre, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Dee and Cornelius, Windmill Theatre Co, Barking Gecko, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Patch Theatre Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Vitalstatistix, NICA, Arts Centre Melbourne, the Australian Festival for Young People, Underbelly Arts Festival, FOLA, Big West Festival, Museum Victoria, the Australian Museum and ABC Radio.

He has been nominated for two Green Room Awards for his designs for Jurassica (Red Stitch Actors Theatre in 2016) and for Looking Glass (New Working Group in 2018). He co-directed the dance film Blowfish, which was highly commended at the Dendy Awards, Sydney Film Festival and nominated Best Dance Film at the Australian Dance Awards and the Reel Dance Awards.  He has also produced two original solo albums, Before Winter Sets In and Pendulum.

Mark Pennington

Lighting, Audio Visual Designer

Mark’s lighting credits include Prince of Darkness and Bernstein Mass (Adelaide Festival), Proximity, Worldhood and Ignition (Australian Dance Theatre), The Buried Child, Mnemonic, The Price and November (State Theatre Company South Australia).
He has also done the lighting for Blackbird, True West, Assassins and The Birthday Party (Flying Penguin Productions), Ruby Bruise (Viatlstatistix).

Mark has worked extensively with Sydney Theatre Company, lighting productions such as Holy Day, Mr Kolpert, The 7 Stages of Grieving and many others. Mark has also lit productions for Ensemble Theatre, Brink Productions, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Bell Shakespeare, Magpie 2, Kitchen Sink and the Productions, The Fever and The Lieutenant of Inishmore for Company B. Mark lit Helly’s Magic Cup for Windmill Theatre Co.

Antony Makhlouf

Original Cast

Antony Makhlouf is a multidisciplinary creative working as a visual artist, television presenter and actor. He is best known for his role on Get Arty teaching art techniques airing on Channel 7 in Australia and on Discovery Kids in New Zealand and South East Asia.

His intricate illustrative artworks and socially-charged photographic pieces have been exhibited extensively in Sydney, Melbourne and Beirut. Believing that art should be accessible, Antony creates and distributes affordable art prints and apparel to stockists in Sydney and Amsterdam. Antony studied at UNSW Art & Design, Screenwise, ACTT and The Actor’s Centre Australia.

Maiah Stewardson

Original Cast

At nineteen years old, Maiah resides between Adelaide and Melbourne, working broadly across professional and personal creative projects. Her professional screen debut was in Windmill’s widely acclaimed feature Girl Asleep from director Rosemary Myers.

With most of her background situated in the theatre scene, Maiah has undertaken several training oportunities, including participating in NIDA short courses, Estil vocal coaching, 16th Street Studio and Howard Fine workshops and, recently, an intensive masterclass with Larry Moss. This year, she will lead in Windmill ’s new work, Amphibian.

In addition to acting, Maiah is heavily involved in Adelaide’s filmmaking and writing scene – where she works with other artists to tell unique coming-of-age stories. Her other passions include spoken word poetry, physical theatre, singing and directing.

 

Muzafar Ali

Cultural Consultant

Muzafar Ali is a former refugee from Afghanistan currently living in Adelaide.

At the age of 19, he started working for the United Nations in Afghanistan to coordinate disarmament of local warlords, and worked as a political and human rights analyst. During his work with the UN, Muzafar was threatened by the warlords and corrupt government officials. He survived many life-threatening incidents which led to him to fleeing Afghanistan with his family.

Taking advantage of his work with the UN, Muzafar took photographs of Afghanistan’s remote valleys and people which had never been photographed by contemporary photographers before. His photos have been exhibited in Afghanistan, Korea, Australia, Canada, United States and Holland.

In Indonesia, Muzafar led other refugees to establish Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre, the refugee school in West Java. Muzafar is a co-producer and co-writer of the film, The Staging Post, which focuses on refugee life in Indonesia.

Elyas Alavi

Cultural Consultant

Elyas Alavi is an award winning visual artist and poet based in Adelaide, South Australia. He primarily works in the forms of painting, installation, video art and performance art.

Elyas graduated with a Master of Research (Visual Arts) from University of South Australia in 2015 and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) in 2012. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in art spaces including Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), IFA Gallery (Kabul), Blacktown Art Centre (Sydney), Jugglers Art Space (Brisbane), SASA Gallery and Fontanelle Gallery (Adelaide).

Elyas is also an internationally renowned poet. He published three poetry books in Persian/Farsi language. First poetry book “I’m a daydreamer wolf” published in 2008 (5th edition published in 2016), in Tehran, followed by “Some Wounds” in 2012 in Kabul and “Hodood” in 2015 in Tehran.

Elyas regularly runs art and poetry workshops in schools and community centres in Adelaide.

Highlights from the Show

What The Critics Say

"A must-see work for teenagers and adults that could help start some important conversations."

Indaily

"A wholeheartedly entertaining and humanising experience. This is a compassionate piece of theatre told with a punch."

Glam Adelaide

"I left wishing every 12 year old in the country could see this show."

Kids in Adelaide

"This is a marvellously strong and compelling story from Windmill. In a time of us-and-them attitudes, Amphibian is an urgently-needed and beautifully-crafted plea for awareness and compassionate action."

Adelaide Theatre Guide

"It sparkles with ideas and topics taken from the mouths, hearts and creative minds of school children currently within our education system. In this lies the play’s strength."

ArtsHub

"[The creative team] all have considerable form, but the real stars are the refugees, surviving on land and water."

The Advertiser

Making Amphibian

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Credits

  • Writer Duncan Graham
  • Director Sasha Zahra
  • Designer Meg Wilson
  • Composer, Sound Designer Ian Moorhead
  • Lighting, Audio Visual Designer Mark Pennington
  • Original Cast Antony Makhlouf
  • Original Cast Maiah Stewardson
  • Cultural Consultant Muzafar Ali
  • Cultural Consultant Elyas Alavi

Acknowledgements

Amphibian is a Windmill Theatre Company production. The creative development of Amphibian was supported by the Windmill Studio Collective.

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