Big Bad Wolf

The most misunderstood character in fairytale history.

About

  • AGES 5 10
  • 50mins

He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Matthew Whittet

Writer

Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over twenty years. As an actor, Matt has performed for Belvoir many times in productions including CinderellaThe Book Of Everything, Conversation Piece and Atlantis. His plays Old Man, Cinderella and Seventeen have also premiered at Belvoir.

Matthew has been a recipient of the Philip Parsons Fellowship (Belvoir), The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the ATYP Foundation Commission Award for his play Fight With All Your Might the Zombies of the Night. The 2014 Adelaide Festival trilogy of plays with Windmill are School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep which Matt adapted to screenplay and resulted in an award-winning feature film.

Rosemary Myers

Director

Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.

Rose is a multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, The Wizard of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep.

Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Girl Asleep with Windmill Theatre Co, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

Jonathon Oxlade

Designer

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.

Harry Covill

Sound Designer

Harry is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Still in the early stages of his career, he has composed music for theatre, film, video art and community arts. His work has been shown in a range of venues and festivals nationally and internationally.

These include Melbourne Theatre Company, QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Film Festival and the Sheffield Documentary Festival. In 2014 and 2015 he was commissioned to write the score for the Adelaide Fringe large scale outdoor performances. His debut feature film Girl Asleep premiered at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival.

Chris Petridis

Lighting 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.

Carol Wellman Kelly

Movement

Carol was made in Australia and studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has extensive experience in performing, teaching and choreographing both nationally and internationally. From 1992 – 1999, she worked as a freelancer in London.

She was the assistant director for Garry Stewart and ADT (2000-2008), rehearsal director for Tasdance, Artistic advisor and Project manager Restless dance Theatre, Movement lecturer Flinders University Drama department, member Board of Directors, Australia Council, Ausdance and SA and Audio Describer for theatre and dance. Carol’s work with Windmill Theatre Co includes The Wizard of Oz, Girl Who Cried Wolf, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf  and Rumpelstiltskin.

Patrick Graham

Performer

Patrick has previously worked on Windmill productions including The Wizard of Oz, Boom Bah! and Big Bad Wolf. For floogle, an independent company Patrick co-founded, he has performed in One Long Night in the Land of Nod, Black Crow Lullabies.

His portrayal of Lenny in floogle’s The Homecoming earned him an Advertiser Oscart Award. For State Theatre Company South Australia Patrick has appeared in Blasted, Buried Child, Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, Lion Pig Lion, Equus, and The Dark Room. Patrick’s television credits include Blue Heelers, Stingers, Fergus McPhail and McLeod’s Daughters. Film credits include The King is Dead (Rolf De Heer) and Angela’s Decision (Matt King).

Emma J Hawkins

Performer

Emma has a flair for flamboyant, serious and whimsical productions. This plays to her strengths as a feisty, charismatic thespian with a knack for subversive, escapist comedy, high-octane dramatics and brilliantly versatile circus showcases.

Her movements between the many worlds of fantasy, musical and children’s genres credit her with storytelling-based acrobatics, singing, dancing or slapstick. She is equally at home in the ironic, contemplative tragedies of Shakespeare, bringing joy and laughter as the Fool in King Lear, climbing the heights as a tap dancing, stilt walking acrobat in the critically acclaimed Circus Oz or sinking into the dark depths of a murderess in classics like Jean Genets The Maids.

Ellen Steele

Performer

Ellen graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2006 and has since worked extensively in theatre both within Australia and overseas. Credits include Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (STCSA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby).

She has also performed in I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Ellen is a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? and has also developed work with independent artists and companies throughout Adelaide and Melbourne. She was involved in Goodbye, CSIRAC (Zoe Meagher) and Kids Can Get Lost (Split Second) as part of Next Wave Festival, Au Revoir Abattoir (Little Black Box), Audio Commentary (isthisyours?) and Crawl Me Blood (Aphids) as part of Adhocracy, I Left You This Way (FOLA) and The Plains (Sanctum Theatre).

 

Highlights from the Show

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"A clever, warmhearted parable that... lights up the imaginations of its target audience. It’s an ideal introduction to theatre."

THE AGE

"Windmill’s collaboration with Whittet continues to thrive... producing zany works that are also open-hearted and unfailingly positive. A whimsical, gently persuasive tale of friendship and acceptance."

THE AUSTRALIAN

"South Australia's Windmill Theatre Company are masters of their trade, and Big Bad Wolf has all the hallmarks of people who know exactly what they're about."

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

"Greeted with delight from both children and adults..."

THE GUARDIAN

"An education in how to charm kids and adults in fifty fun minutes."

CRIKEY.COM

"Rosemary Myers’ direction keeps the action flowing swiftly and with a mischievous sense of fun."

THE AGE
1. Big Bad Wolf. Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis10. Big Bad Wolf. Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis11. Big Bad Wolf. Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis12. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Kate Cheel, Emma J Hawkins, Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis13. Big Bad Wold. Kate Cheel. Photo by Tony Lewis14. Big Bad Wolf. Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis15. Big Bad Wold. L-H Kate Cheel, Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis16. Big Bad Wold. L-H Emma J Hawkins, Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis2. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Patrick Graham, Kate Cheel, Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis3. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Patrick Graham, Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis4. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Emma J Hawkins, Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis5. Big Bad Wolf. Kate Cheel. Photo by Tony Lewis6. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Patrick Graham, Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis7. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Patrick Graham, Emma J Hawkins. Photo by Tony Lewis8. Big Bad Wolf. Patrick Graham. Photo by Tony Lewis9. Big Bad Wolf. L-R Emma J Hawkins, Patrick Graham, Kate Cheel. Photo by Tony Lewis

Credits

  • Writer Matthew Whittet
  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Sound Designer Harry Covill
  • Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
  • Movement Carol Wellman Kelly
  • Performer Patrick Graham
  • Performer Emma J Hawkins
  • Performer Ellen Steele

Acknowledgements

Big Bad Wolf is a Windmill Theatre Company production.

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