Beep

A slightly sideways tale from the makers of Grug.

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.

 

ON TOUR

Esperance Civic Centre
Esperance, Australia
04 October 2019
Margaret River HEART
Margaret River, Australia
10 October 2019
Octagon Theatre, University of Western Australia
Perth, Australia
12 - 13 October 2019
The Waterfront Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
11 - 23 February 2020
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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 (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.

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.

Tim Overton

Performer

Tim is a proud South Australian maker, performer and director, and is thrilled to be working with Windmill Theatre Company on Beep.

His other family theatre credits include local, regional and international tours with renowned South Australian children’s theatre companies, Patch (Emily Love To Bounce, Mr McGee And The Biting Flee, Cranky Bear, Me And My Shadow – 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation), and Slingsby (The Young King – 2017 IPAY Victor Award for Best Presentation, Emil And The Detectives – 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Children’s Presentation). Tim has also worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia (The 39 Steps, The Popular Mechanicals, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Vitalstatistix (Life Is Short And Long).

His film and TV credits include the SBS hit comedy Danger 5 and The History Channel’s Changed Forever. Tim recently directed a production of Patch’s Mr McGee And The Biting Flea at Capital E National Theatre for Children in New Zealand.

Kidaan Zelleke

Performer

Kidaan Zelleke is a multi-talent actor, who works in both stage and screen. she embraces all facets of acting including self-devised work. Having graduated from AC Arts in 2018, she’s looking forward to embracing her role as Beep and honing her puppetry stagecraft skills.

While training at the Adelaide College Arts Kidaan has played roles including Brutus in Julius Caesar directed by Nick Garsden, Lady Capulet in Nescha Jelk’s modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and Cathy in DNA directed by Corey McMahon. Kidaan also demonstrated her singing versatility as Marie in the Tom Wait’s Musical Woyzeck directed by Jon Halpin. Following on from her graduation she and five other women devised the Adelaide Fringe show, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are, a comedic exploration into the dark thoughts of actors during a performance of Hamlet. Kidaan is excited to be touring Windmill’s Beep.

 

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 Ezra Juanta
  • Performer Tim Overton
  • Performer Kidaan Zelleke

Acknowledgements

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

The 2019 Adelaide season is presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, as part of the 2019 DreamBIG Children’s Festival.

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