Creation Creation

Your most burning questions answered… sort of

About

  • AGES 10+
  • 50mins
  • Low light levels at times, Strobe and haze effects, Strobe effects, Touch Tour

How did we get here? Are aliens real? And is it possible to lick your elbow?

Based on interviews with members of the South Australian community aged between 8-102, Creation Creation is a comedy about life’s biggest mysteries.

We’ve asked two fearless creators to step onto the stage and attempt to unravel the mysteries of the universe using whatever tools they have at their disposal. Cardboard boxes become battleships and ping pong balls become planets in this hilarious explosion of art, sculpture and puppetry.

A daring and audacious journey to the very edge of the universe and back again. It’s a wild theatrical experiment for the curious among us.

Click here to view the program.

A NOTE TO OUR AUDIENCES:

Some of the big questions tackled during this show, raised and then answered by the general public children and adults we interviewed, include; ‘how did the world begin?’, ’is there other life in the universe?’, ‘how are babies made?’, ‘what does dying feel like?’, and ‘what will life on earth be like in 1,000 years?’. These questions and answers are played out by our performers in gentle, moving and fun ways. Viewer discretion is advised, viewer curiosity is recommended.

Click here to access an audio version of this information

School Program

  • AGES 10 +
  • YEAR 5 - 12
  • 50mins
  • $15 per student
    $12 equity
Space Theatre
Adelaide, Australia
Term 2
Weeks 1 and 2
01 May
1:00pm
02 May
10:00am | 1:00pm
03 May
1:00pm
07 May
10:00am | 1:00pm
08 May
10:00am | 1:00pm
09 May
10:00am | 1:00pm
10 May
1:00pm

Official Trailer

Auslan and Audio Described Performances

Every performance of Creation Creation is AUSLAN interpreted by our onstage interpreter, Dan Cleasby.

The show on Saturday 11 May, 11am will be audio described. A touch tour is offered one hour prior to the performance. Click here to download the audio description, pre-show introduction notes.

Click the button below to book, or to listen to the pre-show audio notes.

 

What is audio description? 

Audio description is commentary for people who are blind or low vision. Audio Describers deliver verbal commentary providing information on actions and visual elements. For live events, audio description is delivered live in dialogue pauses and scene changes via a wireless transmission system.

Audio Description may also include tactile tours of theatre sets and exhibitions where describers lead patrons in meeting performers and artists and discovering key set elements, props, costumes and tactile analogues to enhance the description experience.

Relaxed Performance

The performance of Creation Creation at 2pm on Saturday 4 May will be a relaxed performance.

Relaxed performances

In a relaxed performance, the music, sound, and lighting effects are adjusted to reduce anxiety and remove the element of surprise. The lighting in the auditorium is kept low so the audience is never in the dark. Other theatre effects (eg. strobe lighting, smoke machines, sound) have been removed or kept low.

During the Relaxed Performance, a relaxed attitude is taken to movement, noise and eating/drinking in the auditorium. If you need to take a break during the show, you are welcome to leave the theatre and you can return when you are ready – trained staff are available to assist as required. We encourage audiences to bring their own items that will help make them feel comfortable in the theatre, such as headphones, sunglasses fidget toys etc.

Credits

  • Co-Creator, Director Rosemary Myers
  • Co-Creator, Audioscript, Interviews Roslyn Oades
  • Co-Creator, Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Co-Creator, Designer, Performer Fleur Elise Noble
  • Performer James Smith
  • Composer Harry Covill
  • Lighting Designer, Technical Designer Chris Petridis
  • Movement Consultant Carol Wellman Kelly
  • AUSLAN interpreter & Performer Dan Cleasby

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Rosemary Myers

Co-Creator, Director

Rosemary Myers is the Artistic Director of Windmill Pictures. In 2021, she co-created and directed Beep and Mort.

In 2015, her first feature film Girl Asleep opened the 2016 Berlinale Generation 14plus and went on to win the MIFF Age Critic Prize 2016, the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Seattle Film Festival, 2016 CinefestOZ Film Prize and eight AACTA Award nominations including Best Film and Best Director. In 2020, the film was nominated for the Byron Kennedy AACTA for Best Indie Film of the past decade.

Before her role at Windmill Pictures for over 14 years, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre Company. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated theatre director, her productions have toured to prestigious venues and festivals across the world, including Giffoni Film Festival, Rooftop Film Festival New York, Sydney Opera House, New York’s

New Victory Theatre and London’s Southbank Centre, among others. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

Roslyn Oades

Co-Creator, Audioscript, Interviews

Roslyn Oades is an award-winning theatre-maker and documentary artist. She is best known for pioneering work in the field of headphone-verbatim theatre. Her original works for stage include: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday, I’m Your Man, In a Deep Dark ForestCutaway–A Portrait, Stories of Love & Hate and Fast Cars & Tractor Engines.

She also creates site-based audio experiences, including: Cell 26 an audio work for a prison bed, Sea Stories an audio work for sunrise and The Nightline a listening club for insomniacs. She harbors an ongoing fascination with innovative creative non-fiction forms of art making.

Jonathon Oxlade

Co-Creator, 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.

Fleur Elise Noble

Co-Creator, Designer, Performer

Fleur Elise Noble is a creator and an explorer – always seeking new ways in which to make art and share it with the world. Her superpower is her ability to focus obsessively on creative tasks. She was awarded scholarships from art schools in Adelaide and New York, where she studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. She went on to equip herself with an arsenal of creative forces, including puppetry, design, animation, film, projection mapping, performance, dance, writing and illustration.

Fleur is best known for her unique visual performances, which she spent many years performing at festivals around the world. Currently a PhD student at Flinders University, Fleur is writing a novel and designing a new performance for young people about digital addiction. She believes in the power of creativity to make complex ideas accessible and engaging.

James Smith

Performer

Graduating from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2013, James has been involved in various stage and screen productions.

Credits include Neighbourhood Watch, Othello, This is Where We Live, Volpone, Gorgon, Vale, Jasper Jones, Limit, Euphoria and Hibernation (State Theatre Company South Australia), Emily Loves to Bounce (Patch Theatre Company), Grug, Hans and Gret (Windmill Theatre), The Young King (Slingsby Theatre Company), The Aspirations of Daise Morrow (Brink Productions), Lines, How Not to Make it in America (Theatre Republic), Deluge (Tiny Bricks) and Girl from the North Country (GWB, STCSA & Sydney Festival)

Harry Covill

Composer

Harry creates eclectic music/sound design for screen and live performance. In 2017, he graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent work includes composing the original score for ROBOROVSKI, the animated short film directed by Dev Patel and Tilda Cobham-Hervey which premiered at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival. Other notable works include composing the original score for the feature film Girl Asleep, directed by Rosemary Myers and the short film, A Field Guide to Being a 12 Year Old Girl directed by Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Crystal Bear).

Harry scored Atlantis as a part of the Belvoir Upstairs season (Belvoir) and has an ongoing collaborative relationship with Back to Back Theatre, where he composed the original score for the internationally acclaimed video project, The Democratic Set and the third iteration of the video series, Radial, created in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland. He also created the score and sound design for Windmill Theatre Company’s Big Bad Wolf.

Harry is currently developing the original score for Wandering Stars, an immersive public sculpture/sound work for the inaugural Rising Festival in 2021.

Chris Petridis

Lighting Designer, Technical Designer

Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide, working across theatre, dance, and other live events in Australia and internationally.

Chris has worked with renowned arts organisations including State Theatre Company of South Australia, Theatre Republic, Is This Yours, Australian Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, Restless Dance Theatre, Slingsby Theatre Company, Force Majure, Windmill Theatre Company and Vitalstatistix.

Chris recently worked on the inaugural Illuminate Adelaide Festival’s Light Cycles in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens crafted by the world-leading studio, Moment Factory. Other recent credits include Carla Lippis’ Mondo Psycho for WOMAD 2022, Theatre Republic’s How Not To Make It In America and Windmill Theatre Company’s Creation Creation.

Carol Wellman Kelly

Movement Consultant

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.

Dan Cleasby

AUSLAN interpreter & Performer

Dan Cleasby, a young student from Adelaide, South Australia, was one of the community members interviewed as part of the process for developing the audio script used in Creation Creation. Immediately won over by his bubbly personality, the creative team saw an opportunity to add a unique element to the production, embedding Dan’s visual vernacular language into the show by projecting a film of him signing the entire performance on to a section of the set.

What the critics say

"Spectacularly imaginative...The massive monochrome set of white cardboard cutout shapes provides a blank canvas for all sorts of creativity to unfold – at times quite literally."

The Advertiser

"Uproarious... Creation Creation is a brave and brilliantly inclusive concept from Windmill."

InReview

"Mesmerising and surprising... Creation Creation is top-notch at every level, with an absolutely fantastic score."

ABC Smart Arts

"Creation Creation is Windmill’s first foray into the world of documentary theatre – hopefully there will be more."

Adelaide Theatre Guide

"The huge of the sell out crowd of school students were deeply fascinated...there are cheeky moments as well us those of pure fun."

The Adelaide Show podcast
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Acknowledgements

The 2021 world premiere season was presented by Adelaide Festival Centre’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival.

The creative development of Creation Creation was supported by the Windmill Studio Collective. Original creative development supported by Sandpit and Country Arts SA.

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