Beep

What happens when someone new comes to town?

About

  • AGES 2 7
  • 35mins

A slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit and learning to mix it up a little.

In Mort’s Village everything has its place, every day is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes Beep.

What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast molly melon, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home?

With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

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ON TOUR

Gunnedah Civic Centre
Gunnedah, Australia
16 May 2022
The Roxy Theatre
Bingara, Australia
18 May 2022
TAS Hoskins Centre
Armidale, Australia
23 May 2022
Inverell Uniting Church Hall
Inverell, Australia
26 May 2022

School Program

  • AGES 2 > 7
  • YEAR ELC > year 3
  • 35mins
  • $12 per student / $10 equity
  • Contains the use of strobe lighting and haze effects.
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Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Sam Haren

Director, Co-Creator

Sam is a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company that create immersive, and interactive theatre and personal experiences. Sam was the Artistic Director of The Border Project from 2002-2012, directing or 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.

Jonathon Oxlade

Designer, Co-Creator

Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, isthisyours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Barking Gecko.

He has also worked with Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Last Great Hunt, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is resident designer. Jonathon has received numerous awards. Most recently in 2016, Jonathon was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for Girl Asleep, and received an AACTA award for best Costume for Girl Asleep.

In 2017, he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for Mr Burns.

Katherine Fyffe

Writer, Co-Creator

Katherine graduated with Honours from Flinders Drama Centre, Adelaide in 2001. She was a founding member of The Border Project where she co-created and performed in a number of shows and also held the role of General Manager for 13 years.

She performed in I Am Not An Animal, I Animal, Trouble on Planet Earth, Highway Rock N Roll Disaster, Please Go Hop!, and Disappearance for the company. As a performer, Katherine has toured internationally in Afternoon of the Elves and The Green Sheep for Windmill, and performed in productions at STC, MTC, STCSA, Patch and Vitalstatistix. Recent writing credit Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid for Sandpit and Google’s Creative Lab won the 2016 Best Interactive Adelaide Fringe Award, and has since been adapted into a VR experience for ACMI. Katherine is currently General Manager at Polyglot Theatre.

Chris Petridis

Technical Designer

Chris completed his Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts. Since graduating, he has been working extensively and continuing to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events both in Australia and overseas.

Chris has worked on State Theatre Company South Australia’s Brothers Wreck, In The Club, Terrestrial, Mr Burns, Red Cross Letters, Eh Joefor the Beckett Tryptych, Gorgon, Masquerade,The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird, Slingsby Theatre Company’s Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, Emil and the Detectives, The Mouse, The Bird and the Sausage, Theatre Republic’s Lines, Is This Yours’ Angelique, Brink Productions’ Long Tan, Tiny Bricks’ Deluge plus many more. Chris also worked on If There was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d Wear It, a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA. Chris has been the lighting designer for Windmill Theatre Co’s Beep, Grug and the Rainbow, Big Bad Wolf and The Story Thieves.

Luke Smiles

Composer, Sound Designer

Luke creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film, working across all areas of music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. His work is enjoyed by audiences both nationally and around the world.

Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists & companies. Various credits include: Carbon Field (Queensland Ballet), ʻGʼ (Australian Dance Theatre), Glow (Chunky Move), Roadkill, The Ninth Wave (The Farm), Split Second Heroes (Gabrielle Nankivell), SURGE (Dancenorth), The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company), Wildebeest, Neon Aether (Sydney Dance Company), Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Co).

Tamara Rewse

Puppet Maker, Puppet Consultancy

Tamara has worked in numerous areas of the performing arts since 1997 including as a Director, Devisor, Maker and Singer. She has toured both nationally and internationally. She has also worked as both a performer and puppeteer for numerous shows.

Her credits include Piccasso and his Dog (Lemony S), Mr Freezy (Arena Theatre Company), Grug, Grug and the Rainbow, Beep and Hiccup (Windmill Theatre Co), COOP (Black Hole Theatre) and Tangle, We Built this City, Paper Planet, Tangle Weave, Forest Feast (Polyglot Theatre). Tamara is also a member of Men of Steel and was involved in their self-titled debut work, Men of Steel as well as Hard Rubbish. Her skills include making props and puppets for film, television and theatre.

Matt Crook

Performer

Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company five.point.one and a Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year recipient. Matt has appeared in many productions for Windmill Theatre Co.

Rumpelstiltskin (co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia [STCSA]), toured Grug through China and North America, including a one-month New York season in 2013, appeared in Grug and The Rainbow and The Girl Who Cried Wolf. Other highlights include Volpone (Or The Fox), Between Two Waves, Babyteeth, Pornography and The Give And Take (STCSA), The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Once Upon a Midnight (OzAsia Festival), The Bureau of Complaints (AJZ Productions), No Hello (Duende), Van Badham’s Notoriously Yours, The Lake, The Share and That Face (five.point.one).

Most recently, Matt starred in Australian film Top End Wedding. 

Ezra Juanta

Performer

Ezra graduated from Adelaide College of Arts in 2006. Since graduating, Ezra has featured in numerous screen and stage productions, the most notable being his portrayal of The Lion in Windmill Theatre Co’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

In 2016 Ezra returned to the musical stage with his loveable performance of the ‘Surprise Character’ in State Theatre Company SA and Windmill Theatre Co’s co-produced musical Rumpelstiltskin.

His other stage credits include Russian Eggflip, The Life of Galileo, Touch Me I’m Sick, King Lear, Under Milkwood, Littlewing and Twinkle Toes, Vin, The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio, Me N’ Me Mates, Mr Burns, Beep, Grug and the Rainbow, and That Eye The Sky. His film and TV credits include Engine Room, Voodoo and Lue, The Hunter, The Plowman Quandary (God Vs Satan), McLeod’s Daughters, Sam Fox Extreme Adventures, Friendship Love and Loyalty, and Bad Blood.

Rachel Burke

Performer

Rachel graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre with First Class Honours and a University Medal in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) in 2015. Since graduating Rachel has performed in Bluey’s Big Play (Windmill Theatre/HVK) Macbeth, A Doll’s House, In the Club, Sense and Sensibility (STCSA Ensemble), Jasper Jones and Decameron 2.0 (STCSA), Angelique (isthisyours?), Cranky Bear, The Lighthouse (Patch), Limit, Red Sky Morning (STCSA Umbrella), Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), The Wolves (RUMPUS), Speak Out (ActNow), Foolz (Flinders University), My Beautiful Radio Station (Expressway Arts) and This Storm (The Unrest Cure). Her screen credits include Beep and Mort (Windmill Pictures) and webseries Dead Centre (Jupeter Films). She was an Intimacy Consultant on Requiem (Adelaide Festival) and was assistant director on Girls and Boys (STCSA), As One (Tiny Bricks) and Love and Information (Flinders Drama Centre).

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"A tender tale of friendship for the whole family"

The Advertiser

"A colourful setting, comic puppets and plenty of surprises hold young audience members in thrall"

Indaily

"Forget Star Wars’ BB-8 or Pixar’s WALL-E, Beep is the most endearing robot of them all"

Adelaide Review

"Judging by the smiles, laughter and commentary from the little ones… this is a surefire winner for Windmill"

Adelaide Theatre Guide

"My four-and-a-half-year-old date declared it her favourite production of the year and gave it ten-out-of-ten. Can’t argue with that!"

Glam Adelaide

"Our favourite family show to date, this is children’s theatre at its best! "

Kids in Adelaide

Credits

  • Director, Co-Creator Sam Haren
  • Designer, Co-Creator Jonathon Oxlade
  • Writer, Co-Creator Katherine Fyffe
  • Technical Designer Chris Petridis
  • Composer, Sound Designer Luke Smiles
  • Puppet Maker, Puppet Consultancy Tamara Rewse
  • Performer Matt Crook
  • Performer Ezra Juanta
  • Performer Rachel Burke

Acknowledgements

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

2021 seasons in Noarlunga, Port Pirie and Whyalla are presented in association with Country Arts SA.

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